What you need to know about METRO bus crash into SE Houston home

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - Many questions remain after a METRO bus ended up in a southeast Houston home on Sunday.

Here are some answers that should help clear up some of the misunderstanding.

How did a METRO Bus end up in a house?

According to METRO investigators, a sedan driver did not observe a stop sign and hit the bus, which careened off course.

The accident remains under investigation. It is not clear if the bus driver tried or had time to correct, or possibly overcorrect, the course of the bus.

How many people were on the bus? Were they hurt?

It is not clear exactly how many people were on the bus. But we do know three bus passengers, the bus driver and the driver of the sedan all went to the hospital. Their individual conditions are unknown, but none are believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

"The bus driver was pinned. Then people started coming onto the bus trying to help us," Bridgette Carrier said.

Carrier was a passenger on the bus who was jolted out of her seat and hurt her arm.

Was anyone inside the house?

Nobody was inside the home on the corner of Tierwester and Corder streets in southeast Houston at the time of the accident.

"When I got here, there was a bus sticking out of my house," homeowner Darrell Parker said.

Is the house going to have to be torn down?

It is possible. The homeowner was not clear on that point. The city advised him not to enter the unsafe structure, he said. The brunt of the damage was to the home's living room, kitchen and dining room.

Will anyone be charged with a crime connected to this accident?

That is unclear. Neither driver had been charged with any crime or ticketed for any driving infraction as of Monday evening.

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