Two high schoolers who were killed when their bus went crashing over a highway overpass in Houston Tuesday morning were remembered by their principal as “darling,” motivated students.
The girls, ages 14 and 17, attended a Houston charter high school called REACH, which is made up almost entirely of minority students and requires an interview for admission.
Neither of the students’ names were released, but Principal Bertie Simmons said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that she had just interviewed the 14-year-old ahead of her freshman year at the school.
“She was darling and interested in doing everything she could to further herself,” Simmons said. “Her goal was to graduate from high school and make something of herself.”
Two other students were injured in the crash, as was the bus driver, identified as Louisa Pacheco. All are at area hospitals.
“Those were all students who were serious, who wanted to get a good education.””Their injuries are serious and we ask for your continued prayers,” deputy superintendent Ken Huewitt said.
Simmons said she knows the parents of all four students involved in Tuesday’s accident.
“It goes without saying they already know how much I care about those students. Those were all students who were serious, who wanted to get a good education,” she said.
The bus was en route to another public school, Furr High School, and REACH, which is on Furr’s campus. Three of the students were enrolled in the charter school, and one was at Furr.
The Houston Fire Department responded to the wreck just after 7 a.m. local time, Senior Captain Ruy Lozano told NBC News.
The school bus overturned on a highway in Houston on Tuesday morning, school officials said. KPRC
Houston police were at the scene trying to reconstruct the accident. According to witness reports, a motorist in a Buick LeSabre swerved into the bus, sending it careening into the guard rail and then over the overpass.
The Buick driver is being questioned by investigators. She has not been charged at this point, police said.
“Right now, the information that we are getting, she is telling police officers that she was driving eastbound, she believed a vehicle was drifting into her lane, so she veered to the right to avoid being struck,” Houston police spokesman Victor Senties told NBC News, adding that the crash was an active investigation.
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