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The westbound lanes of the freeway remain shut down as police investigate the accident. There is heavy damage to the guardrail on the portion of the freeway that goes over Telephone Road. There is no timetable for when the freeway may reopen.
PHOTOS: Deadly school bus crash in southeast Houston
HISD officials say the bus was bound for Furr High School. There were four students on board, including a female who did not survive. The other three students were taken to the hospital as was the driver. There is no word on their conditions.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and the loss of one of our students," said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. "I ask all of the HISD community to join me in praying for all of those involved."
The accident is under investigation by Houston ISD Police and Houston Police, but witnesses tell Eyewitness News the bus came flying off the overpass.
"I was coming up Telephone Road on my way from work and I hadn't got quite to the red light and I seen the bus come off the freeway," said Anthony Martin. "The bus (came) off the freeway nose down at more than 50 miles an hour in nose down off the freeway, tore the front off it. It sounded like somebody just hit a brick wall."
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