A 21-year-old woman has died after crashing her car into a bus in West Lubbock at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Emily Leatherwood of Brownfield was pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Lubbock Police Captain Roy Bassett tells us an Iowa Western Community College bus was stopped at the railroad crossing near 19th Street and Inler Avenue. Police say Leatherwood who was driving a white car failed to control her speed and collided with the back of the bus.
Police are looking into whether something was distracting Leatherwood. Bassett says there were no skid marks and she was not wearing her seatbelt.
Lubbock Police say this tragedy could have been prevented if Leatherwood was following the law. "It appears it would have been a survival accident had she been wearing a seatbelt," said LPD Captain Roy Bassett.
11 people were on the bus. Two of the bus' occupants sustained minor or claimed injuries only, but did not seek medical attention.
The community college spokesperson, Don Kohler, says the bus was transporting athletes to the NJAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Levelland.
By state law, buses are required to stop at railroad crossings. If the driver fails to do so, he or she could face up to a $500 fine.
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