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Police: 1 killed when SUV collides with school bus in south Texas

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The 12 occupants in the bus are not hurt
  • They were returning from a basketball tournament
  • The car swerved on to their lane, an official says

(CNN) -- The driver of a sports utility vehicle was killed in south Texas on Tuesday night when he collided head-on with a school bus carrying a high school girls' basketball team home from a tournament, authorities said.

While the school bus sustained heavy damage in the impact, the 12 occupants were not hurt, said Sgt. Glen Wolverton with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

They were taken to hospitals for examination.

The bus was carrying players of the Crosby High School 9th-grade girls' basketball team, the coach, his daughter and the bus driver.

The team was returning from a tournament in Liberty, Wolverton said.

The wreck occurred when a car stopped on a northbound lane of FM 2100 at Tall Cedars to turn left.

To avoid the car, the SUV driver swerved onto the southbound lane and collided with the bus, Wolverton said.

Authorities do not think the driver braked before the impact. Wolverton added that alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

The man's name was not immediately released.

As for the players, Wolverton said the sudden impact may been prevented serious injuries.

"Most of them probably never saw it coming. So their bodies weren't tensing up where they were trying to brace themselves," he said. "You know, a lot of times in situation like these, that's where you get broken bones and what have you. So the fact that they didn't see it coming may have prevented them from being injured more severely than they were."