Early this morning, around 7:00 a.m., a school bus on its way to Furr High School was involved in a deadly crash. The bus crashed through a guardrail and over the overpass, falling to the road below. Two students were killed in the accident, with one being confirmed as dead at the scene and the other passing away at the hospital. Three more are reported to have suffered injuries, including two students and the driver.
Investigations Into the Accident Begin
While officials don’t know what the cause was just yet, they are beginning investigations now. Initial insights may point to the bus driver trying to avoid another collision on the overpass above. Houston police spokesman Victor Senties believes that a car may have crashed into the bus when swerving out of the way of another vehicle. In response, the bus driver may have overcorrected, causing the bus to fly over the overpass. The investigation is still ongoing, so the cause of the accident is still very speculative.
Freeway Shutdown by Law Enforcement
The accident occurred on the 610 South Loop. In response to the accident, law enforcement officials have decided to shut down a portion of the freeway to help them complete their investigation safely.
The woman driving next to the bus reportedly thought a car was driving into her lane. When she tried to avoid getting hit by swerving over, she smashed into the bus, causing it to crash into the guardrail. The woman has been detained by police, but they have not charged her with anything or issued any citations to her.
The Houston School District Superintendent, Terry Grier commented on the issue saying, “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and the loss of one of our students.” He further stated, “I ask all of the HISD community to join me in praying for all of those involved.”