The Alton Bus Crash

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A September morning in 1989 changed Alton’s history forever. At 7:34 a.m., a Dr Pepper truck collided with Mission School Bus no. 6. After the bus and its occupants plunged into a water-filled caliche pit, twenty-one students lost their lives. The resulting investigation flooded the small South Texas community with reporters and lawyers. The heavily scrutinized legal battle divided the city, but it did ultimately produce changes in school bus safety that continue to save lives today. Juan Carmona navigates the complicated legacy of the tragic accident and its aftermath.
ISBN: 9781467143615
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Series: Disaster
Images: 35
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Juan P. Carmona is a social studies teacher at Donna High School and a dual-enrollment history instructor through South Texas College. He graduated with honors from the American Military University with a master’s degree in American history and was the recipient of the 2018 James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching Humanities Award by Humanities Texas. His primary field of research is the history of the South Texas borderlands. Mr. Carmona is the author of “Immigration and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,” published in the Latino Book Review on March 23, 2018; “Thieves: Land Ownership in Texas,” published in the Latino Book Review on September 14, 2017; “April 1910,” a short story published in La Noria Literary Journal in April 2013; and “Home,” a short story published in La Noria Literary Journal in August 2013.