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BALLINGER, TX – A bus driver carrying college students and faculty from Abilene Christian University lost control and struck a concrete culvert which caused the bus to overturn resulting in one death and critically injuring four others, officials said.

The victim killed was identified as 19-year old Anabel Reid, one of many students traveling to a children’s home to do missionary work. The accident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. on U.S. 83 in Runnels County on Friday afternoon, Nov 4.

Wane.com reports:

The driver, 34-year-old faculty member Michael Nicodemus, lost control as the bus was entering a bend on U.S. 83 near the town of Ballinger, about 50 miles southwest of Abilene, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. The vehicle hit a concrete culvert and did a complete roll, ejecting several passengers, the DPS said. It ended up a shredded, metal wreck.

Reid, a student from Petersburg, was pronounced dead at the scene, and everyone else who was on the bus was taken to one of four area hospitals. Four of the injured were in critical condition, Rampy said.

Officials at Community Hospital in San Angelo said Allison Dorshorst, 18, of Colleyville, was in stable condition, while a spokesperson at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene said Naomi Cruz, 19, of Richmond, and Tiffany Lutz, 21, of Zelienople, Pa., were in critical condition, while Merissa Ford, 19, of Maple Valley, Wash., was in good condition.

Reid was among 23 ACU agricultural and environmental science majors who made the annual trip to the Medina Children’s Home last year, where she helped clear land, mow the yard and move in a new family, according to a 2010 story posted on the school website.


Published by Houston truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP

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