The man driving an Athens ISD school bus when it was hit by a train in January has been arrested after being indicted on charges related to the death of one child and injuries to another.
John Franklin Stevens, 78, of Mabank was indicted on charges of manslaughter/criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, according to a statement from the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office on Monday.
Two children were inside the bus Stevens was driving on Jan. 25, when it was hit by a Union Pacific train, killing Christopher Bonilla, 13, and seriously injuring Joselyne Torres, 9.
The investigation showed that the bus did stop, but then proceeded across the tracks and was struck by the train and pushed along the track, causing the bus to strike signage and railroad gate arms farther down the track.
No alcohol or drug specimen was taken from Stevens, according to officials’ report.
News reports at the time said Stevens was found outside the bus with injuries and was taken to a hospital, where he was later said to be in stable condition.
The report from the investigation showed that failure to stop for the train was a contributing factor in the crash.
Judicial records show Stevens was booked Monday into the Henderson County Jail and released later that day on $10,000 in bonds. No date has been set for arraignment.