Jacksonville Independent School District officials released a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding Monday’s school bus crash involving the bus with about 51 children on board and a four-door vehicle with two occupants.
JISD Public Relations Agent Marc McCloud said the driver, 31-year-old Jason Craver, will be put through re-training as is standard procedure for this types of incidents.
“School buses are the safest way to transport students,” said JISD Transportation Director John Keller in the statement. “From the design of the buses to the extensive training we require our bus drivers to undergo, everything we do is geared toward the safety of the students we transport. We are just thankful that in this case no one was seriously injured.”
According to the release, the school district’s policy is to administer a drug test after any driver is involved in an accident, and drug test results came back negative for drugs and alcohol.
“This driver has not had an accident before,” McCloud said. “He is a relatively new driver.”
The accident happened at about 4 p.m. Monday on Loop 456. According to the crash report, the primary causes of the accident were failure to control speed on the rain-soaked road and/or driver inattention.