Driver dies after crash with Waco ISD bus

WACO - One person is dead after a Waco Independent School District bus and a car collided at a Waco intersection around 7:15 Friday morning.

Waco Police said early indications suggest a Mazda ran a red light while driving east on Bosque Boulevard. It was then hit by the bus, which was going south on N. 26th Street, according to investigators.

"Witness statements and video evidence support the early findings," Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said in a statement Friday.

Waco ISD released dash cam footage of the crash Friday. 

"The district this evening is asking for prayers for the family of the man who died in the accident," Waco ISD Spokesperson Bruce Gietzen said.

Swanton identified the driver of the Mazda as Jay Alexander Markley, 23. Markley was transported to Hillcrest Hospital, where he died from his injuries, Swanton said. Markley was the only person in the Mazda.

The 72-year-old bus driver was also taken to the hospital, where he was evaluated, found to have suffered only minor injuries and released, according to Gietzen.

"He has been a bus driver for the district since 2003 and has an excellent safety record transporting students," Gietzen said in an emailed statement.

The bus driver had just dropped off students at Brook Avenue Elementary and was heading to his next route to begin picking up Waco High School students when the collision occurred, Gietzen explained. No students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

Crash Reconstruction Authorities and Crime Scene personnel responded to assist police with their investigation. Bosque Boulevard and N. 26th Street were temporarily closed, while investigators were on scene.

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