1 killed in crash involving Waller ISD bus; no injuries reported on bus

Emergency vehicles block a road near Hockley, Texas, after a deadly crash Feb. 28, 2020.
Emergency vehicles block a road near Hockley, Texas, after a deadly crash Feb. 28, 2020. (KPRC)

One person was killed Friday after crashing into a Waller Independent School District bus near Hockley, according to deputies.

The crash was reported about 8:30 a.m. on FM Road 2920 at Hunters Creek Way.

According to a tweet by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of a car and septic truck crashed and then the car hit the school bus. The driver of the car died, according to the tweet.

Waller ISD officials said the crash appeared to happen when the septic truck tried to pass the school bus and slammed into the car.

All of the students and the driver of Bus No. 11 were safe, officials said.

The road is closed while investigators are at the scene, according to the tweet.

Another bus was brought to the scene of the crash to take the students to their original destination of Evelyn Turlington Elementary School.

Waller ISD officials released the following written statement about the crash:

"All Waller ISD (WISD) students and the driver who were on school bus #11 that was involved in an accident at FM 2920 and Hunters Creek this morning are safe. The primary accident occurred when a septic truck attempted to pass the bus and collided with a Toyota Camry. While the bus sustained minor impact, the collision between the other two vehicles was serious. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is providing details regarding this.

"WISD officials were immediately notified of the accident and responded quickly to provide the best possible care for the WISD family that was involved. All 35 students onboard attend Evelyn Turlington Elementary (TES). TES and WISD leadership responded to the scene to personally care for students. Another WISD bus was dispatched to pick up the students and continue their route safely to school. Families of all of the students onboard are being contacted directly. All the students are now either being cared for at TES or with their families. There are additional counselors at the school to assist any student who needs to talk about the accident.

"Two additional WISD school buses, #60 and #14, passed by the accident after it occurred. These buses were also carrying TES students. WISD and TES is personally reaching out to the students on these buses and their families to take care of them.

"'Waller ISD is a family,' WISD Superintendent Kevin Moran said. ‘We are incredibly grateful that all of our students are safe. It’s important to us that we personally connect with each one and their families to ensure they are taken care of in any way that is needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in the accident.”’

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