ATHEN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A middle school student in Athens, Texas died when a school bus collided with a train around 4:30 pm. Friday, according to the Independent School District of Athens.
The ISD of Athens said on their Facebook page: "With great sadness we confirm that one of our esteemed middle school students has lost his life today as a district school bus collided with a train in Athens. Another student on the bus, a student from the Central Athens Elementary, was taught in Dallas at Children's Park.
The child in the hospital is a 9-year-old girl and is in critical condition, but stable from age 7: 3 pm According to the Athens police.
No other students were on the bus, the district said.
The district said the bus driver, a 78-year-old man who drove for the district for about a year, was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance and is in a stable condition.
"We ask you to join us in a humble prayer for their families" The district said.
Out of respect for the affected families, Athens ISD has canceled all sporting events scheduled for Friday night.
The police of Athens and the Union Pacific Railroad lead the investigation, said the police of Athens.
Athens police chief Buddy Hill said at a press conference on Friday evening that no weapons or warning lights were crossed at the intersection where bus and train collided.
On Friday evening, a prayer guard was assembled in the First United Methodist Church of Athens ,
The sound of Amazing Grace and sobs fills the room.
Among those present, a classmate of the boy who died and a teacher in the community:
"Respect and honor him," said student Eli Smith.
Teacher Juan Moreno said: "At the moment we all hurt."
Counselors will be in schools on Monday.