A 59-year-old bus aide lost her life in a Hempstead ISD school bus accident in Waller County, Texas early Friday afternoon. Three students were also injured when the bus rolled over and crashed.
The accident happened at about noon along FM 1887 near Holik Road. While details about the events leading up to the crash are still under investigation, the Texas Department of Public Services (DPS) confirmed that it appears that the bus was traveling southbound on FM 1887 when the driver lost control and overcorrected, causing the Hempstead school bus to roll. It rolled all the way from one side of the road to the other, causing significant damage to the vehicle and the people inside.
Six people were on the school bus when it crashed: the bus driver, a bus aide, and four students with special needs. The bus aide, who had been working for the school district for 20 years, was killed in the collision.
Texas DPS troopers responded to the incident at about 12:10 pm. The bus driver, who had experienced minor injuries, was taken to a local hospital, Memorial Hermman, for treatment. An injured high school student was airlifted to the same hospital in serious condition. Two other students, a six-year-old and a nine-year-old, were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Katy, TX. The fourth student, another nine-year-old, was uninjured and was picked up by their parents.
Our hearts go out to the aide’s family and to the families of the students who were injured in this tragic incident. Our bus accident attorneys will continue to follow this story as it develops.
News coverage on this incident is included below: