By Kevin M. Smithand Mason Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
Five Harker Heights High School students were released from Metroplex Hospital in Killeen within six hours of being involved in an accident on a school bus, hospital officials said.
At about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, an Alsop Plumbing employee was driving the company's pickup truck when he rear-ended a Killeen Independent School District bus on Farm-to-Market 2410 in Killeen.
The accident occurred as the bus was stopped at the traffic light northbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – just before it changes to Twin Creek Drive – waiting to turn west onto Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
Bob Massey, KISD spokesman, said the KISD Transportation Department received a call regarding the accident at 8:53 a.m.
The pickup truck driver said he thought traffic started moving when he slammed into the bus, Killeen Police Department spokesperson Carroll Smith said.
The pickup truck driver was issued a citation, according to Smith.
The bus was transporting 24 Harker Heights High School students to the KISD Career and Technology Education Center, Massey said. Of the 24, five were taken to Metroplex Hospital and were released by 3 p.m. The other 19 left the scene unscathed.
"I am glad they are OK. We don't want any serious injuries," HHHS Principal Ralph Bray said.
Bray was in the Metroplex emergency room Wednesday morning to check on the students.
"This is what we do when we find out they (students) are injured, come down, see if they are OK and find the parents," Bray said.
After being cut down to one lane each way, traffic was flowing normally by 10:30 a.m.
The Career and Technology Education Center, 3004 Atkinson Ave. in Killeen, is a campus for KISD high school students to prepare them for initial employment by developing attitudes and skills for the workplace.
The school bus received minor damage, and the pickup truck was towed from the scene because the front end was smashed.
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Natalie Hull contributed to this report