An Amarillo ISD school bus was involved in a two vehicle accident in Bellevue Thursday morning.
The bus was carrying the Amarillo High School cheer team to the 4-A state volleyball tournament in Garland when it struck a passenger car that had pulled onto the Hwy. 287 and stopped.
None of the 18 students and three adults on board reported injuries. The driver of the car, Belivia Chatman, 52, of De Soto, might have suffered minor injuries, but told emergency personnel that she would drive herself to the hospital.
According to state troopers investigating the accident, the Thomas Built bus was traveling in the outside northbound lane of Hwy. 287 when Chatman, driving a 2013 Chevrolet Impala, turned onto the northbound lane from the access road. When Chatman saw the bus, she stopped, expecting the vehicle to move over.
There were two passengers in the car, a 46-year-old male and Chatman’s 29-year-old daughter. Neither were injured. Chatman was ticketed for failure to yield right-of-way.
The accident happened at about 11:45 a.m.
The First Baptist Church of Bellevue, with help from the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department and Bellevue ISD, opened the doors of its new youth center to the students as a place to wait until another Amarillo ISD bus arrived. Bellevue ISD provided a bus to carry students to the center, where they were given a lunch while AISD officials made arrangements.
“It’s awesome. We could not be more appreciative,” said Amarillo High Cheer Coach Billie Jameson.