Officials release name of person killed, more details of bus crash in Vega

Updated: Sep. 29, 2020 at 4:25 PM CDT
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OLDHAM COUNTY, Texas (KFDA) - The Texas Department of Public Safety released more information on the bus crash that killed one and injured 18 others on I-40 in Vega this morning.

According to DPS, the bus was traveling west on I-40 in a construction zone around 7:15 a.m. when the driver drove into the lane that was closed due to construction.

The bus then traveled through traffic cones and hit multiple concrete overpass support beams.

The driver, identified as 71-year-old Jerry Buckner of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died on the scene.

Three of the passengers were taken to Northwest Texas Hospital with serious injuries, and two were taken by ambulance to Northwest Texas Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

13 passengers were taken to the hospital in Hereford with minor injuries.

The rest of the passengers are waiting at Christ Community Church in Vega. A bus from a separate charter company in Lubbock will be taking the rest of the passengers to their destination.

A passenger on the bus said the group went to Georgia for a business convention. The bus was heading back to Albuquerque at the time of the crash.

Traffic in the area was redirected to exit the highway on Exit 37.

TxDOT says the construction in the area began in Sept. 2019 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2021.

The crash has not impacted the construction work.

The crash remains under investigation.

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