Two students die in Houston school bus crash
HOUSTON - An HISD school bus heading to Furr High school has been involved in a crash causing the school bus to roll over. Four students and an HISD bus driver have been transported to the hospital.
UPDATE: 7:55 a.m Tuesday
One person killed in the school bus accident
Update: 8:23 a.m
Bus went over the guard rail nose first before tumbling.
Update: 8:55 a.m
Houston Fire Department confirms that the school bus fatality is a student.
Update: 8:46 a.m - HISD statement
September 15, 2015 - One student was killed and three others were seriously injured this morning when an HISD school bus crashed at the 610 Loop and Telephone Road.
The bus was bound for Furr High School and was carrying four students, including a female who did not survive the crash, which occurred around 7 a.m. Three other students and the driver have been taken to multiple hospitals. Preliminary indications are that all of those who survived the crash suffered injuries. Further information about their conditions is not available at this time.
Furr High School is also home to REACH Charter High School and it is unclear at this time whether the students attend Furr or REACH.
The accident is under investigation by Houston ISD Police and Houston PD.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and the loss of one of our students," said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. "I ask all of the HISD community to join me in praying for all of those involved."
Update 9:22 a.m Victor Senties (HPD)
- 4 students on bus - one fatality - 3 students and driver injured. Transported in unknown conditions
- Unsure if students were wearing seatbelts
- Gender of driver is unknown
- Driver in Buick swerved to avoid another car. Buick hit the bus
- A female student from Fur High School was killed.
Update 9:34 a.m Per HISD:
Second female died from injuries at hospital
Update 1:13 p.m.
The Houston Independent School District released the following statement:
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.
A 17-year-old REACH Charter High School student was pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old Furr High School student was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she also was pronounced dead.
Furr High School is home to REACH Charter High School.
The two remaining students, both of whom attend REACH, and the bus driver were taken to hospitals where they are being treated for serious injuries. Further information about their conditions is not available at this time.
The other vehicle was driven by an HISD teacher, who also was seriously injured in the accident.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy," said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. "I ask all of the HISD community to join me in praying for all of those involved."
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 July.
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.
HISD has about 950 buses on the road each day, transporting 34,000 students.