2 Houston ISD students dead, 2 others and bus driver injured as school bus plummets from 610 Loop

Two students died and two others were hurt along with their bus driver Tuesday morning when a crash caused their school bus to plunge from Loop 610 in southeast Houston, officials said.

The bus landed on the eastbound frontage road of the South Loop near Telephone Road about 7 a.m., Houston police said.  It appears to be the first death of a student in a public school bus accident in Texas since 2008, according to state data.

The two killed have not been identified. One was a 17-year-old girl who attended Furr High School. She died at the scene. The other was a 14-year-old girl who attended REACH, a charter school for dropout recovery located on the Furr campus. She died at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.  The bus was en route to the campus, school officials said.

The other two students, both who attend REACH, had serious injuries, officials said. One was  taken to Children’s Memorial Hermann and the other to  Texas Children’s Hospital. Later Tuesday, officials said no further information was available about their condition.

The bus driver, later identified as Luisa Pacheco, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital. She had non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

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