Assistant killed in Hempstead ISD bus crash in Waller County, DPS says

WALLER COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – A Hempstead ISD bus was carrying students with special needs home Friday afternoon when it overturned and crashed in Waller County, killing one person, according to the authorities.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials were called around 12:30 p.m. to the scene on Holik Road at FM 1887.

In a tweet, DPS soldiers confirmed an adult had died at the scene. During a briefing at around 4 p.m., officials confirmed Abigail Ragston, 59, a bus assistant, had been killed.

ABC13 spoke with Frederick, Ragston’s husband, at the scene.

“She’s doing what she loves to do,” he said. I do not understand it. She loves those kids. “

Frederick said she has been with the district for 20 years. She also left behind four children and seven grandchildren.

DPS officials said a bus driver and four students were also on the bus when the incident occurred.

Officials said the driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital. In addition, a high school student was shot by plane with serious injuries. Officials said two nine-year-olds were also on the plane, but only one was taken to hospital. The remaining students were uninjured. The fourth student, a 6-year-old boy, was also taken to the hospital.

The district sent the following report to ABC13:

“We are aware of a tragic bus accident involving one of our district school buses. The district is cooperating fully with law enforcement to investigate this matter. At this time, out of respect for those involved, we are unable to provide further details. We ask that you keep our Bobcat family in your thoughts.”

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