Houston school bus crash leaves 2 dead, several hurt

Witnesses told CBS affiliate KHOU that the bus nose-dived and then fell onto its side along the freeway embankment. (KHOU)

HOUSTON (CBS News) — Two students were killed and several others injured after a school bus overturned on a highway in Houston, CBS affiliate KHOU reports.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans earlier confirmed one fatality at the scene of the accident Tuesday morning. Evans provided no information about that person.

Witnesses told KHOU that the bus nose-dived and then fell onto its side along the freeway embankment.

A Houston Independent School District statement says the bus driver and four students have been taken to hospitals. District officials had no information on the conditions of the injured.

The bus was bound for Furr High School.

Images from the scene show the wrecked school bus on its side, with vehicle pieces scattered nearby. Authorities have provided no information on the cause of the crash or whether other vehicles were involved.

The accident is under investigation by the Houston Independent School District Police and the Houston Police Department, KHOU reported.

“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.”

Houston operates the largest public school district in Texas with about 215,000 students.

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