Hearne school van accident leaves kills one, injures ten


Eagle Staff Writer

One student was killed and 10 other people were injured Friday when a Hearne school district van returning from a student trip to AstroWorld blew out a tire and flipped over on U.S. 290 just north of Houston.

The large van was transporting members of Hearne High School’s Hispanic Society, said schools Superintendent David Deaver.

Although no identification was available late Friday night, Deaver said the dead passenger was a female student.

Seven students and a school aide were treated for injuries and released from Houston-area hospitals, he said.

A secretary at the high school, Jeanette Moody, was in Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with a serious arm injury, Deaver said, while a Spanish teacher at the school, Janie Sillas, was being treated for abrasions at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Department learned of the accident through a 911 call at 5:28 p.m., a spokesman said.

According to early reports, it appeared that one of the van’s tires blew out, causing it to flip over as it was traveling on U.S. 290 near Cypress North Houston Road.

Deaver said he did not know who was driving the van.

About 40 other students on the same trip were traveling ahead of the van on a chartered bus.

Deaver said the van is routinely used by the school district to transport students for extracurricular activities.

“It’s kept in good repair and had a fairly new set of tires,” he said.

The school district plans to have counselors and preachers on hand at the high school beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for students who might drop by the school. They also will be on campus when classes resume Monday morning, Deaver said.

• Holly Huffman’s e-mail address is hhuffman@theeagle.com.


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