Attorney: Bus video proves principal used phone during crash in Lampasas

Posted at 8:53 AM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 09:58:07-05

An attorney has alleged that an Oklahoma elementary school principal was using his cellphone when he lost control of a bus on a Texas highway, injuring 27 passengers.

Ty Bell, principal of Cleveland Elementary School Principal in Norman, denies the allegation.

Attorney David L. Smith is representing a girl who was critically injured in the crash. The Oklahoman reports that Smith asked a judge to order Norman Public Schools to release a video he says will prove Bell was using his cellphone.

Lampasas police said that a bus from Norman, Oklahoma was traveling on Highway 281 just north of the Lampasas Airport when it rolled over and took out a section of fence. The accident happened just after 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 29.

The bus was carrying 24 fifth-grade girls and three adults traveling to Sea World in San Antonio.

All students were transported to nearby hospitals and two were being treated with non-life threatening injuries. 

Smith says the Texas Highway Patrol requested the video for their investigation, but the district refused to cooperate.

The Texas Department of Public Safety also listed speed as a factor.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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