Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Houston school bus crash leaves 2 students dead

Two students are dead and three other people are seriously injured after a school bus rolled off a Houston freeway overpass.

"Two students were killed, and two students and their bus driver were seriously injured this morning when an HISD school bus crashed at the 610 Loop and Telephone Road.

"The bus was transporting four students to Furr High School when it was hit by another vehicle on Loop 610 around 7 a.m. The bus then left the freeway and crashed onto Telephone Road. One student, an African American female, was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Another student, also an African American female, was pronounced dead later at an area hospital. The bus driver and two other students are being treated at area hospitals. Further information about their conditions is not available at this time.

"Furr High School is also home to REACH Charter High School. One of the deceased students attended Furr and the other attended REACH, which is a dropout recovery school.

"The accident is under investigation by the Houston Police Department with assistance from HISD Police.

"The bus driver has been with HISD for about three years and has a clean driving record. Records show that the bus last underwent a maintenance inspection in June.

"The bus was purchased new in 2008 and was equipped with lap belts for students. The bus was also equipped with seven security cameras. Footage from those cameras is being reviewed as part of the ongoing investigation," the Houston ISD said in a statement to Pundit Press.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. I ask all of the HISD community to join me in praying for all of those involved," HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said.

"The State of Texas mourns the loss of Texas students today in a tragedy no parent should ever have to experience.

"Cecilia and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this heartbreaking incident, and I ask all Texans to support and keep Houston ISD and its community in their thoughts and prayers as they heal from this loss," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said.

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