Two students were killed and two others and a bus driver were injured Tuesday when a school bus went over the 610 South Loop after being struck by another vehicle, Houston Independent School District officials confirm.
A Houston ISD teacher was driving a gold Buick LeSabre in the 7200 block of the South Loop shortly after 7 a.m. when she crashed into the bus. The teacher said she believed another vehicle was venturing into her lane and she swerved to try and avoid it, striking the bus.
The bus, which was heading to Furr High School, had four students on board at the time.
The bus then crashed through the guardrail, went off the 610 freeway and landed on its side on Telephone Road.
Martin Anthony was on his way to work when he witnessed the crash.
"Came off the freeway went about 5 feet into the air. Nose down and when it went nose down it flipped," Anthony said.
Witnesses ran over to help, but they could not do much because of how the bus landed.
A piece of the guardrail was seen lying on the ground, dozens of yards away from the overpass.
A 17-year-old girl died at the scene and 14-year-old girl was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she later died.
2 students killed in school bus crash identified