Dallas, Tx, 09/16/2015 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Two Furr High School students have died after a school bus flew off 610 South Loop Tuesday morning.
Houston, TX – Two Houston area high school students have been killed in a school bus crash Houston bus accident lawyer Amy Witherite reports. Sources say that three other people were also injured after the school bus flew off of 610 South Loop Tuesday morning while on the way the Furr High School. See the full story in the KHOU news report below.
Source: KHOU Report “2 students dead, 3 injured after HISD bus crash”
“HOUSTON – Two students were killed and three people were injured when a Houston Independent School District bus flew off the 610 South Loop on Tuesday morning.
HISD said the bus was on the way to Furr High School when it crashed.
The victim who died at the scene was a 17-year-old female student at REACH Charter High School, a dropout recovery school on Furr’s campus. Her name has not been released. The second victim, who died at Memorial Hermann Hospital, was 14-year-old Janecia Chatman, a student at Furr.
“She was very funny,” said her 11-year-old sister Shanetria. “I love her and I will never forget her.”
“Janecia was the apple of her parents’ eye,” said Meche Steele, the girls’ aunt. “She was a very good student and wanted to make her parents proud of her.”
The two injured students and the bus driver were taken to area hospitals. The male students, who both attend REACH, are being treated for “non-life threatening injuries,” according to the Houston Police Department. The bus driver, Louisa Pacheco, was reported in stable condition at last check.
The crash happened at Telephone Road around 7 a.m.
“It was very surreal. It was almost like watching an action movie. I was trying to wrap my head around it being real. Oh my God, I’m really seeing this,” said Ineasha Romero, a witness.
HPD investigators said a car being driven by an HISD teacher swerved toward the bus because she thought another car was going to drift into her lane.
“Apparently there was a late model Buick Le Sabre…..she jerked the wheel to the right,” HPD spokesman Victor Senties said. “She, in turn, ends up striking the left driver’s side of the school bus.”
The school bus driver tried to avoid the Buick, over-corrected and went off the overpass and onto the frontage road below.
Witnesses tell KHOU 11 News the bus nose-dived and flipped before landing on its side along the freeway embankment.
“I wanted to faint,” said Melvin Stovall, a witness. “It took all the breath out of me. That’s sad, that’s real sad.”
People came from all over the neighborhood, many of them heard the impact from blocks away.
“It was just siren after siren after siren and I live next to the freeway so I’m used to hearing sirens but this was different,” Nina Aguilar, a witness, said.
“It’s very hard because I have children of my own and what if my children were on that bus?” Romero said. “It’s horrible.”
Eberstein Witherite LLP
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