School Bus Crashes in Houston, Texas Killing Two Students
In Virginia we see many school bus crashes every year. In most of them injuries to students are thankfully minor, but an accident in Houston, Texas, has highlighted how serious these accidents can be.
CNN has reported on how a Houston high school bus crashed Tuesday morning near a highway, killing two students and seriously injuring two other students and the driver, according to officials.
Disturbing video from CNN affiliate KTRK-TV showed the bus on its side with its front end smashed in, underneath an overpass for Interstate 610’s South Loop in southeast Houston.
KRTK reported that the bus had originally been on the highway but fell from the overpass above. The guardrail on the highway sustained heavy damage, the station reported.
CNN reported that the bus was heading to Houston’s Furr High School, which also houses REACH Charter High School, when the crash occurred at about 7 a.m., the Houston Independent School District stated. News channels reported it wasn’t immediately clear which school the students attended.
The channel reported two female students died, and everyone else aboard the bus – two students and the driver – were seriously injured and taken to local hospitals, according to information from the school district. No conditions or names were released.
One witness, Anthony Martin who was driving on the road below the highway told KTRK he saw the bus fall off the freeway “nose down at more than 50 miles an hour.”
“It sounded like somebody just hit a brick wall,” he said.
Investigators are still trying to piece together what caused this terrible accident. The Houston Chronicle reported the comments of Victor Senties, a Houston Police Department spokesman who said, the driver of a Buick LaSabre had told investigators she thought another vehicle near her was drifting into her lane. She veered away from the perceived threat and struck the side of the bus. The bus driver “apparently over-corrected and the bus careened from the overpass,” according to Senties.
Our deepest condolences are with the families of those who died in this crash and the injured. If your child has been hurt in a school bus accident, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against a school district or another driver’s insurance policy. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077.