Witnesses tried to help woman who died in crash with Lamar CISD school bus

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 1:20 PM

Fatal crash involving school bus

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FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — One person died and three others were sent to the hospital when a Volkswagen Beetle collided with a school bus near Foster High School early Friday, the sheriff’s office said.

The driver of the Beetle, a woman in her 30s or 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two students and the bus driver were sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Bob Haenel with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said the crash occurred around 7:40 a.m. on FM 359 near FM 723.

Witnesses told state troopers it appeared the woman lost control of her green Beetle, and it veered off the roadway. She then over-corrected and steered into the oncoming bus. Bystanders, including an off-duty nurse, tried to help the woman by giving her CPR, but the impact of the crash was just too much.

“I heard the sirens, so I came out to see, and I saw the carnage,” said nearby resident Helen Gebart. “My heart goes out to everybody here.”

Troopers said five students, an aide, and the driver were on the bus, which was heading to nearby Foster High School. Officials said the bus transports special needs students and typically makes several stops, so not all of the kids onboard attended Foster.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area, which was blocked off by deputies.

Investigators said it was too early to determine why the Volkswagen’s driver lost control of her car.

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