HISD announces new school buses will have three-point seat belts

HOUSTON – The Houston Independent School District announced Tuesday that all new school buses bought by the district will include three-point seatbelts -- effective immediately. The new plan comes in the wake of September's accident in which two students were killed and two others seriously injured after it plunged off the 610 Loop in southeast Houston. 

The news was music to Ella Williams whose twin  17-year-olds Lakeshia and Brandon, were two of the survivors.

"To see that they're doing something to protect the students more, I'm very excited," says Ella Williams.

In a statement administrators say "the recommendation was approved by HISD administration on Tuesday, making HISD the first district in the city and among the first in the state to implement such a measure."

"If they would've made sure that the kids were wearing the seat belts before they even pulled out the kids' lives would've been spared," Ella Williams adds.

In addition to the Williams twins' injuries, 14 year old Janecia Chatman and 17 year old Mariya Johnson were killed.

Ella Williams says her daughter continues homebound schooling as she physically recovers. Brandon has returned to school on half days, but is undergoing counseling as he tries to cope with the deaths of Chatman and Johnson.

"It's hard as a parent, you know," adds Ella Willimas. "No parent wants their kids to hurt and just to see him hurt, it hurts me."

Channel 2 learned this week that the mother of Mariya Johnson has filed a $1,000,000 lawsuit against HISD and the manufacturer of the bus that crashed because of her daughter's death.

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