59 Judson students in bus crash honored

Middle school recognizes students' good behavior after crash

SAN ANTONIO - The Judson Independent School District honored 59 Masters Elementary School students for their reaction to the bus crash on Oct. 1.


A San Antonio school bus ran into them as they were driving in front of Wagner High School.

"A lot of them have never been in a vehicle accident before, so for them, it's very traumatizing. However, now it's, 'I did a good thing,' you know? It's motivation for them," Jenna Collins, who had three children on the bus, said.

The school district gave each student a certificate and prize to help turn the terrifying memory into one they can be proud of.

"We were all sitting there and everybody was crying and screaming and scared," Carlos Lieberum, a student who was on the bus, said.

Bus driver John Warren said he talks about safety every day, and when it mattered, the kids did exactly what they were taught to do.

"They were sitting in their seats properly. After the accident, of course, being as young as they were, they were a little bit excited," Warren said.

Even though he has taught the students how to act in an emergency, Warren believes they had a little extra help handling it.

"I had 59 students on that bus, but I know God was with us to help protect those angels as well," he said.

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