One person -- the bus driver -- died in the crash, according to officials. We’re told two students and one adult are in critical condition. Four others are listed in serious condition.
“I felt hopeless and like I couldn’t do anything,” said Josh Torres, the brother of one of the victims. “It was scary. I legitimately thought my sister was dead and then I wouldn’t be able to see her again.”
Thankfully, Josh said his 17-year-old sister, Bianca Torres, is okay. She is bruised but has no serious injuries.
Torres said his sister was returning from a trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL, where the Channelview High School band had performed at a festival. He said it is an annual trip his sister had been looking forward to, and that the band had been fundraising for it for months.
He said the charter bus left around 10 p.m. Monday and traveled overnight up until the crash.
“She was full of adrenaline. She was trembling her voice,” said Torres as he described the phone call with his sister confirming she was okay. “She just remembers that she was asleep and the next thing you know, she felt a bump, and then another huge bump. She flew four seats ahead of her original seat.”
We’re told the students rushed to help each other get off the bus. Torres got emotional when asked about the bus driver who died. He said he is keeping the driver’s family in his prayers.
“I think it’s a miracle that after falling from that high and being able to see that everyone else was alive without having any seatbelts or anything else like that…that’s incredible. That is something else. I really do believe God was watching over my sister and the band members.”