Trucker Charged After Fatally Running Over Teen Stepping Off School Bus


LIVINGSTON, Texas — On Thursday, a 15-year-old high school student lost their life after being struck by an 18-wheeler just north of Livingston, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The fatal crash occurred on US 59 north of Livingston.

The City of Livingston is the county seat of Polk County, in Upper East Texas, at the junction of US Highways 190 and 59. 

“Sadly, we can confirm a 15-year-old student was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler as the child was leaving the bus,” Southeast Texas Region DPS. “Investigators remain on the scene, gathering evidence.”

The Livingston Independent School District also released a statement in the wake of the tragedy, expressing grief over the loss within their educational community. 

“Our district lost a member of its family,” the school district stated. “At times like this, we are reminded how precious life can be and how fragile each life truly is. It is sad when our district loses a member of its family. It is even more tragic when such a young life is taken away from us.

“All of our counselors are available in the morning to listen and help any students needing assistance,” the statement read. “We are fortunate to have a team of experienced counselors who can provide much-needed comfort to our students and staff.”

DPS investigators reported that the school bus involved in the incident was stationary in a northbound outside lane, with its flashing red lights and stop sign extended to allow the child to disembark safely. 

Tragically, an 18-wheeler crashed into a car stopped behind the bus and then veered to the right, striking the young student.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, identified as Gregory Jackson, 41, of Texarkana, now faces legal consequences. 

Jackson has been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide, a felony offense, in connection with the deadly crash. He is currently being held in the Polk County jail.

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