ATHENS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM)  – The man behind the wheel of an Athens ISD school bus when it crashed in January killing a middle school student on board, was arrested and indicted for criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child.

John Stevens, 78, of Mabank, was arrested Monday and released on $10,000 bond.

John Stevens

The crash happened Friday, January 25, around 4:30 p.m. when the bus stopped before crossing the railroad tracks at Cream Level Road.

After the bus started to move forward, the train hit the left side of the bus, pushing the bus toward the next crossing. The bus hit signs and a railroad gate before the train and bus came to a rest near the North Murchison Street crossing.

Athens school bus collision with train – Chopper 11

There were three people on the bus at the time of the crash, including Stevens, a middle school student and an elementary school student.

Stevens was taken to a local hospital, treated for his injuries and released the same day.

Christopher Bonilla, 13, was ejected from the bus and pronounced dead at the scene.

Christopher Bonilla


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  1. Jon Brawn says:

    I count 1,061 complete crossing signal systems stolen by the greed ran railroads with their state handmaidens holding their hands that could easily be moved to death trap crossings CHEAP. Also the records show already gated crossings getting whole new systems FOR NO REASON except it makes the railroads big bucks in maintenance costs where the passive crossings don’t have signals and railroad makes huge bucks on overcharges on the illegal no bid projects.

    So where the hell is the murder charges on the railroad and the state bimbos looking the other way?

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