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Texas school bus crash kills aide, hurts driver, 3 students

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Dec 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-19 03:19:22-05

A Texas school bus carrying students home crashed Friday afternoon, killing an adult bus aide and injuring the driver and three students, one seriously.

During a briefing at about 4 p.m., officials confirmed the bus aide as 59-year-old Abigail Ragston. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the Hempstead school district bus with four students and two adults aboard crashed at 12:10 p.m. on a rural southeast Texas road.

Sgt. Erik Burse said the bus rolled over on Farm-to-Market Road 1887, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Hempstead or about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northwest of Houston. It was not immediately clear what caused the rollover, Burse said.

A high school girl was airlifted to a Houston hospital in serious condition, while two students went by ambulance to a hospital in Katy, 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of the crash site, Burse said. One student was not injured.