One dead, multiple injuries confirmed in accident involving ACU students

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BALLINGER, Texas -- At least one person is dead and multiple serious injuries have been confirmed in a major accident involving an Abilene Christian University bus with about 15 agricultural students on board Friday afternoon. 
The website associated with the San Angelo Standard-Times has reported that two people have died in the crash, according to Tom Green County Emergency Coordinator Ron Perry. 
Sparky Dean, senior trooper with Department of Public Safety, said he did not know whether any fatality involved an ACU student or driver – or whether it was possibly a driver or passenger in another vehicle involved in the accident. 
Numerous injuries are being treated at the Ballinger Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokesman told KTXS News. Off-duty nurses have been called in to help with the influx of injured from the accident, a spokesman said. 
The spokesman said the scene at the Ballinger hospital was extremely busy handling the injuries. 
According to ACU officials, the accident occurred about or after 3:30 p.m. on Highway 83 in southern Runnels County, near the county line with Concho County. 
The accident is believed to be about 65 miles south of Abilene and 10 miles south of Ballinger and north of Paint Rock, which lies in Concho County. 
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The Department of Public Safety has released this list of people involved in the ACU bus crash in Runnels County that claimed one life Friday.

From the DPS news release:

One person has died in a single vehicle bus crash. This crash occurred about 3:20 p.m. on U.S. Highway 83 at the intersection of County Road 234 in Runnels County.


Anabel Reid, 19, from Petersburg, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Glenda Wood. The body was taken to Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger and later to Abilene Professional Services in Abilene.


The remaining 15 occupants were taken to four area hospitals and are in varying degrees of injury.

List of injured and hospital they were taken to:

Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas: Emmett Miller, ACU faculty member, and his wife, Pat Miller.

Community Hospital San Angelo, San Angelo, Texas: Jim Cooke, ACU faculty member, and student Allison Shorst.

Ballinger Memorial Hospital, Ballinger, Texas: Michael Adam Nicodemus, ACU faculty member; and students Cathleen Henderson, Jason Iris, Mandy Wilson, Tiffany Lutz, Anna Watson, Kendra Uhamba and Hayley Wilkerson

Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene, Texas: ACU students Melissa Ford, Anna Ciufo, Naomi Cruz.

Vehicle involved:

2009 Ford E450 Super Duty Aerotech 24-passenger bus plus driver. This vehicle was driven by Michael Adam Nicodemus, 34, from Abilene.


At about 3:20 this afternoon, a 2009 Ford bus was carrying students and faculty from Abilene Christian University on a weekend mission trip to Medina Children's Home, located southwest of Kerrville.

The bus was southbound on U.S. 83 in Runnels County, south of Ballinger, as the driver lost control at County Road 234. The bus struck a concrete culvert and rolled one time. Several students were ejected in the crash. One of the 16 occupants was pronounced dead at the scene.

This crash is being investigated by Trooper Michael Gray. Multiple agencies assisted with in this crash recovery.