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Special-needs bus plunges off overpass; 3 injured

SAN ANTONIO -- A 7-year-old boy and two adults are recovering in San Antonio area hospital after a school bus plunged off an Interstate 37 overpass during a collision.

Leslie Price, spokeswoman for the San Antonio Independent School District, said the bus is for special-needs students. However, it was not immediately known if the child on the bus was a special-needs student.

San Antonio police Sgt. Javier Salazar said the northbound bus plunged about 15 feet to the access road below after colliding with a car around 4:30 p.m.

All three people aboard the bus were taken to University Hospital in stable condition. The driver of the car was not injured.

"The two adults suffered possibly some broken bones and the child, from what I understand, just some minor facial injuries," Salazar said.

The bus sustained heavy damage to the front end after smashing into a concrete barrier during the accident.

The accident snarled traffic during rush hours as crews worked to clear the other vehicle from the roadway.

Thursday's crash marks the second school-bus involved accident for the San Antonio Independent School District within a week.

On Monday, a San Antonio Independent School bus crashed into a Judson ISD bus. Police said the driver, Delores Martinez, 63, swerved into oncoming traffic and slammed into the bus head on.

Martinez died at the scene, police said, while the bus driver and two students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to recent figures, the San Antonio ISD reported 60 school bus-involved accidents in the 2011 school year. The Northside ISD, which is a smaller district, reported 78.

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