Metro is mourning the death today of bus driver David Sayers, who was piloting an empty extended bus down 288 this morning when it crashed.
The agency says Sayers was returning to the bus depot at the end of his shift about 8:30 this morning and he "appears to have lost control of the vehicle after it struck a dump-truck that was also headed south on the same stretch of road."
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No other injuries were reported. Metro will have a news conference later this afternoon.
Metro CEO George Greanias said, ""This is a tragic day. Our first thoughts are with David's family and co-workers. We will do all we can to support them through this difficult time. We are deeply committed to a safe transit system for customers, operators and our community."
And 288 is likely to be a mess on the way home tonight, TxDOT says:
Three lanes of SH 288 at South MacGregor remain closed due to an ongoing investigation and the clearing of the scene resulting from the fatal crash on SH 288 southbound at MacGregor earlier today. Current estimates provided to TxDOT indicate the lanes will remain closed and traffic will be impacted through today's rush hour. Motorists are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes and avoid the area when possible until the situation has cleared.
Once the incident is cleared, TxDOT maintenance crews will keep one inside lane closed to perform repairs to the damaged bridge structure. Current estimates for the repair span 12 to 72 hours. More information will be provided as available.
For more information on scheduled closures in the Houston District visit the Houston TranStar website at www.houstontranstar.org. All closures are subject to change due to inclement weather.