Two people in a pickup truck were killed after their vehicle crashed head-on into a charter bus on Sunday, March 10, in Texas, East Texas authorities have confirmed.
The charter bus, which was carrying 25 students at the time of the accident, was heading home from a Florida field trip. The tragic incident took place on Loop 49 near the U.S. Highway 69 exit at approx. 4 a.m.
The identifications of the victims are Jeffrey Dalton Aynesworth, 22, of Rusk, the driver of the pickup truck, and passenger Payton Joseph Raymond, 24, of Flint. Both of the men died at the scene.
According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, five people on the bus were rushed to UT Health Tyler with minor injuries.
The victims of the bus include its driver, two adult teachers and two students from Brook Hill School.
The remaining 27 occupants were not harmed. Parents arrived at the scene to pick up the students.
According to eyewitnesses, the pickup truck traveled into the westbound lane into oncoming traffic and struck the front left side of the bus, forcing it off the highway.
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