At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a Slaton school bus traveling home from a basketball game in Anton was hit at the intersection of 19th and Indiana in Lubbock. Police say the car failed to yield as the school bus drove through the intersection and smashed into the front of the bus.
Police have identified the driver of the car as 21-year-old Matthew Blair and charged him with a DWI.
Twelve kids, a coach and a driver were on the bus at the time. No one was seriously injured.
"Everyone was just crying I mean it was very emotional," said Junior Keilie Heinrich. She and her teammates were on their way back from a late night meal at IHOP when their bus was hit.
"I saw the car turn but we was at the back of the bus so I thought that the car had made it but apparently it didn't and then all of a sudden it hit and then the bus started spinning all over the place," said Sophomore Jmesha Rose.
That spinning took the bus across the median and into oncoming traffic. Fortunately there was none at that time, but the girls realize just how lucky they are.
"As soon as we got off the bus we all got together we started praying and just thanking god that we were okay," said Sophomore Kelli Pate.
Slaton ISD assistant superintendent Chris Smith went to the scene as soon as he got the call about the accident, something that he described as every school officials worst nightmare.
"A call that late at night is something you really hope you never experience as an administrator," he said. "Our coach did magnificent in handling the bus after it was struck, he was able to get the bus to stop without anything more happening ."
Senior Vanessa Rodriguez says that this event is something that will bond the team for the rest of their lives.
"Just knowing that we're always here for each other and that we came together and prayed and that we just trusted in God in this whole situation it brought us a lot closer."
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