Houston School Bus Crash Survivors Recovering, Mom Says

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By Elizabeth Chuck

Two students who survived a fatal bus crash in Houston are in a hospital intensive care unit and are slowly recovering, their mother said Wednesday.

Twins Brandon and LaKeisha Williams were aboard a bus that went crashing off a highway overpass Tuesday morning after another motorist veered out of her lane and crashed into the bus, according to authorities.

The accident killed two high school girls, Janecia Chapman, 14 — who was a cousin of the Williams twins — and Mariya Johnson, 17. Along with the Williams' twins, the bus driver was injured too.

"Brandon is in really good spirits. Keisha hasn't been able to talk with us, but she's been able to squeeze our hand," Williams said. "She does recognize that we are there."

Both twins "have some broken bones," their mother, Ella Williams, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

LaKeisha had "successful" surgery, she added.

"They are doing good. They are recovering really well," she said.

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The four students were headed to Furr High School and REACH High School, a charter school that is almost all minority students, at the time of the crash. REACH is on Furr's campus and requires an interview for admission.

In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Principal Bertie Simmons said she knew the families of all the students involved in the crash, and said they were motivated kids who were determined to get a good education.

Williams asked for prayers from the public after the accident.

"It was horrific," she said. "God has kept our kids here, but there are families out there that have lost kids," she said.