Chemical Company Speaks Out After Bus Accident in Reagan County

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

REAGAN COUNTY--NewsWest 9 is continuing to dig up new information on that school bus accident in Reagan County that injured eight students. NewsWest 9 has learned how the kids are doing as they continue to recover and we've learned more details on the wreck.

Up till now, very little has been said about the tanker truck that rear ended the school bus or it's driver. One of many phone calls made on Thursday was to Coastal Chemical Company in Kilgore, Texas and they issued a statement on the accident.

According to DPS reports, 27-year-old Brandon Cain of Odessa, an employee of Coastal Chemical, was driving the tanker truck, when he rear ended the Reagan County school bus, as it was stopped, with red lights flashing, to drop off students.

Most of the injured have been treated and released from hospitals in Midland and Odessa.  However, 11-year-old twins, Ivan and Yvette Maldonado are still being treated at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo and at Midland Memorial.

DPS officials say, Cain likely fell asleep at the wheel, causing the accident.

In a statement released to NewsWest 9, Coastal Chemical says it's too early to determine the cause of the accident but they are cooperating completely with authorities and they are conducting an investigation of their own.

According to Ed Parr, Director of Risk Management at Coastal Chemical, "Coastal Chemical is fully committed to the safety of the public and our employees. We will continue to work very closely with the local authorities to address all issues from this incident."

Coastal says they're grateful to the local emergency agencies that responded and were able to provide prompt medical care to the children, bus driver and their own driver.

Brandon Cain was not injured.

No charges have been filed.