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Updated: Two Dead, Several Injured After HISD School Bus Dives Off 610 Freeway
Update: As of 10:16 am, Tuesday, September 15, two students were confirmed to have died. The second student passed away at the hospital from injuries related to the accident.
At least one student is dead after an HISD school bus overturned and fell over the guardrail and off the freeway on 610 at Telephone Road Tuesday morning.
According to KHOU, the bus was taking students to Furr High School when either something hit the bus, or it hit something and rolled over the freeway guardrail and off the freeway around 7 a.m. this morning.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) September 15, 2015
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The bus “nosedived,” according to witnesses who spoke to KHOU, and landed on on its side on the feeder road below. Large pieces of scattered debris from the bus were found around the site of the accident.
The bus driver had been with the district for about three years and had a clean driving record, according to HISD.
HISD spokeswoman Holly Huffman told KHOU that a female student died at the scene, and the bus driver was taken to the hospital along with three students in unknown condition.
The Houston Fire Department confirmed the student’s death to KHOU 11 News.
HISD issued the following statement regarding the accident Tuesday morning:
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.”
Law enforcement with both HISD police and HPD are currently investigating the accident, and no further information has been provided about the victim.