by Dale Lezon and Ericka Mellon, Houston Chronicle reporters

Two students died and two others were hurt along with their bus driver Tuesday morning when a school bus plunged from Loop 610 in southeast Houston.

The wreck occurred at about 7 a.m. CT on the eastbound frontage road of the South Loop near Telephone Road, according to the Houston Police Department. It appears to be the first death of a student in a public school bus accident in Texas since 2008, according to state data.