Mount Pleasant track coach dies in crash

Second person also killed in crash; vigil planned for tonight

TITUS COUNTY, TX - A Mount Pleasant High School girls track team assistant coach has died following an accident involving a bus in Titus County.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety around 10:30 p.m., Thursday night, troopers responded to a three-vehicle accident on Highway 271 in Titus County, about a mile south of Talco.

Information from DPS indicates a semi was traveling north on HWY 271, while a MPISD school bus was traveling south on HWY 271, followed by a car. Officials say the driver of the semi drove into the southbound lane, hitting the school bus and the car. 

The driver of the semi, identified as Bradley Ray Farmer, 50, of Bogard, Missouri, and the driver of the car, identified as MPHS assistant girls' track coach Angelica Beard, 30, were pronounced dead.  

Several passengers on the school bus were taken to area hospitals. The driver of the bus, Coach Van Bowen, was taken to a Tyler hospital, where he underwent surgery overnight. He is listed as being in critical condition. 

The Mount Pleasant School District is holding a vigil tonight. 

 

Congressman Louie Gohmert, a former Mount Pleasant student, issued this statement about the crash.

“My thoughts and fervent prayers go out to the family members and friends of the two precious lives that were claimed as a result of the horrific East Texas crash involving the Mt. Pleasant High School girls and boys track teams. How very horrific-- to experience such a devastating loss after a time of togetherness and fun -- traveling back to Mt. Pleasant after a track meet.” “As a former student at Mt. Pleasant High School, my heart goes out to the faculty – and the students injured and recovering in the hospital at this very moment. Such tragedies are truly incomprehensible. My thoughts and prayers remain steadfast for those involved in the coming days and years.”


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