Tuesday afternoon, Lubbock area first responders were called out to the reported rollover of a school bus with children inside. It appears the call originated on a 2-way radio, possibly by a child. The report was then called in to the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety. The only clue authorities had, was that the accident allegedly occurred near a cotton gin.
Units responded from LSO, DPS, Lubbock EMS, Lubbock Fire, Slaton, and Aerocare. They spent about an hour searching for the crash site, contacting nearly every gin in the area and driving to each one to investigate further.
Authorities also contacted Lubbock I.S.D., and other area school districts to inquire if they had any buses driving out of town; and Durham School Services to see if all their school buses were accounted for.
Nothing was ever found.
"Obviously, it was a prank call," said DPS Corporal John Gonzalez. "At two o'clock in the afternoon, there's not many school buses that are moving."
This erroneous report wasted valuable time and resources, Gonzalez said.
"A lot of agencies were out there. This is a lot of manpower, a lot of time, a lot of important money that was spent unnecessaril because we responded."
"We want to remind the community, if they have children, talk to them about how important it is not to play on 911."
Gonzalez says the public is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency if they have any information about the source of this call.
"If it's kids, we'd like to just talk with them, visit with them, explain the importance of not playing on 911," said Gonzalez. "If it's teenagers (or) adults that should have known better, charges could be filed."
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