Bus aide killed, 4 students injured in Hempstead ISD school bus crash in Waller County, DPS says

HOUSTON – A bus aide has died after a school bus carrying four Hempstead ISD students crashed in Waller County on Friday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

It happened at FM 1887 and Holik Road at around noon.

In a news conference, DPS officials said a 59-year-old who was working as a bus aide died at the scene. Her family has since identified her as Abigail Ragston.

She was very loving, very outgoing,” said Abigail’s husband Frederick Ragston. “She loved her flower bed. She loved working in the yard. She was just a very happy person.”

The driver of the bus and three students were transported to area hospitals, according to Sgt. Erik Burse.

Burse said the Hempstead ISD bus overcorrected and rolled just after noon on Friday. Troopers are investigating the single-vehicle crash.

Two students were transported by ground to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Katy, while the other student was picked up by their parents.

The high school student was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center in serious condition, according to DPS.

A spokesperson from Hempstead ISD sent the following statement to KPRC 2:

“We are aware of a tragic bus accident involving one of our district school buses. The district is cooperating fully with law enforcement as this matter is investigated.

At this time, out of respect for those involved, we cannot give further details.

We ask that you keep our Bobcat family in your thoughts.”

Officials said the investigation is ongoing.

You can view the full news conference below:

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