Teacher and cheerleader sponsor Elizabeth Pope lost her life when the cheerleading bus she was returning home on from a football playoff game on Friday, December 2 at around 10:46 p.m. collided with an 18-wheeler that was headed east on Interstate 20, which is located about a mile west of Big Spring in Howard County, Texas.
Investigators said the truck crossed the center median after swerving to avoid a car in front of them and losing control and entered the westbound lanes, causing the collision with the bus.
Driver Christina Garlock, Pope, three 17-year-old girls, two 15-year-old girls, and a 14-year-old girl were rushed to the Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring and later, Kiara Hodge, Katie Kent, and a third cheerleader would be moved to University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to CBS7.
Our deepest condolences go out to the teacher and sponsor, who was no doubt close to many in the school. The attorneys at Williams Hart also hope for the speedy recovery of the driver and all injured cheerleaders.