A traffic accident involving a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and a pickup truck driver has resulted in a fatality. The incident took place in the predawn hours of Tuesday, November 10, 2015, along southbound Interstate 35, near Inwood Road. The driver of the Dodge truck, now identified as U.S. Army veteran Brenton Smith, was involved in a separate, unrelated crash that resulted in his vehicle becoming disabled in the middle lane of the highway. A witness to this crash pulled over in an attempt to assist Smith when a big-rig truck came close to sideswiping the disabled Dodge, swerving at the last moment. Close behind the big rig was the DART bus, which struck and killed Smith as he stood outside of his truck.
The witness who tried to help Smith, a security officer named Marcus Dennis, stated that he felt the accident may have ended in a different result if the big-rig truck driver had slowed down. Although the DART bus caused the death of Smith, no charges are expected to be filed as a result of the crash, as investigators have ruled it an accident. The driver of the DART bus is being tested for drugs and alcohol, as is the standard following a traffic accident, but is not expected to face any charges or other disciplinary measures related to the crash. Officials from DART have stated that the driver of the bus has been driving for them for 25 years without any major incidents. No passengers were aboard the bus at the time of the crash.
Brenton Smith had been a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and was 24 years old at the time of his death. He resided in Denton County with his wife. Marcus Dennis expressed that he felt it was particularly sad that the young staff sergeant died the day before the Veterans Day holiday.