Preliminary details shared on church bus crash in east Harris County
Lt. Simon Cheng with Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Vehicular Crimes Division said a total of 16 people were onboard a church bus, 13 children and 3 adults when it landed on its side.
HOUSTON – Authorities are investigating a small church bus crash with about nearly 20 on board including children in east Harris County.
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Details are limited as it’s an active scene, but initial details from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said via Twitter that deputies were called to an apartment complex at 90 Uvalde Rd in Timberwood.
During a press conference with Lt. Cheng with HCSO’s Vehicular Crimes Division, the bus driver was speeding “over the limit,” as reported by witnesses. The driver was trying to make a left at the curve in the roadway when it flipped on its passenger side.
Lt. Cheng said there were also a total of 16 people on board, 3 adults and 13 children, who suffered serious injuries but nothing life-threatening. The children were between the ages of 1-16, while the adults were between 20-40 years of age.
The driver, meanwhile, has been cooperating with the investigation and did not appear to show signs of intoxication. Charges could be pending, but it’s too soon to say, Lt. Cheng said and will depend on the outcome of the investigation.
It’s believed the bus belongs to Mt. Zion Church, from what Lt. Cheng was told, and the pastor arrived at the scene.
Additionally, it’s currently unclear if the bus was coming back from or heading to an event, but an investigation will also look into the circumstances as well as restraints like seatbelts used for passengers.
No additional information has been released, as of this writing, but FOX 26 will continue to make updates to this story as it develops.
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