HOUSTON – A charter bus crashed and rolled over Saturday morning, causing multiple lanes of North Loop I-610 at Interstate 45 to be blocked off. The crash was first reported around 10 a.m.
Firefighters with the Houston Fire Department said the bus was carrying a production crew for a band and was traveling from Dallas to Houston.
Officials said all 11 people on the bus during the crash were injured. Five of which were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The other passengers made arrangements to leave the scene on their own.
Houston Police is still trying to determine what caused the driver of the bus to veer off course and hit several plastic barricades, which line the North Loop for drivers’ safety.
“This was a unique situation for us," said Houston Fire Department District Chief Anthony Russo. "The way the [barricades] collapsed and gave way created a ramp effect. Due to the material...it is really strong...it held the bus up.”
Russo said back up crews were called to bring the bus down from the plastic barrel-like barricades. The charter bus was lowered without incident.
Houston firefighters say charter bus drove onto plastic barrels. They are now removing the barrels to stabilize the bus. 11 people were in the bus. 11 people were injured. 5 were brought to the hospital. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/xby6lDQFwy— KPRC2 Rose-Ann Aragon (@KPRC2RoseAnn) February 29, 2020