4 car pileup near Jasper behind stopped school bus

4 car pileup near Jasper behind stopped school bus

On Jan. 23, at about 6:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US 96 in Jasper County, about three miles North of Jasper, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

Initial reports indicate that a school bus was traveling southbound on US 96. The driver of the school bus stopped the bus, activated the red flashing lights and began loading students. Several vehicles were stopped behind the school bus when the driver of a red 2005 Dodge pickup truck failed to control speed and rear-ended one of the stopped vehicles, causing a chain-reaction crash.

The driver of the red Dodge pickup truck, 28-year-old Joshua Morton of Weirgate, failed to control his speed and rear-ended a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The impact of this collision caused the Chevrolet to rear-end a 2004 Dodge passenger vehicle. The Dodge passenger vehicle was pushed into a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

The school bus was not involved in the crash and no students sustained any injuries.

The driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, 41-year-old Lashunda Turner of Louisiana, was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial hospital. Her injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The driver of the 2004 Dodge passenger vehicle, 52-year-old Roger Chapman of Hemphill, was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck, Johnny Tankersley, 56, of Brookeland, was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the red Dodge pickup truck, Joshua Morton, was not injured in the crash. Morton was issued a traffic citation for failure to control speed

There are no further details to be released at this time.

- Texas DPS

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