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Missouri School Bus Crash Kills 2, Injures More

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By Jason Beahm on August 06, 2010 6:58 AM

A tragic Missouri school bus crash has left two dead and up to 50 injured. The crash occurred between two school busses, a pick-up truck and a tractor. The students on the bus were members of the school band camp. One victim was the driver of the pick-up truck and the other was a child on one of the buses. The victims have not been formally identified.

ABC reports that the circumstances surrounding the Missouri school bus crash occurred after the tractor was rear-ended by the pick-up truck. Then, the female driver of the first school bus took her eyes off the road for a moment to check her mirrors and move lanes to the left lane. She did not notice the tractor/pick-up truck accident in time and the bus crashed into the pick-up truck and smashed it into the tractor. Then the second bus crashed into the first bus, which pushed it on top of the tractor and the pick-up truck. The crash left behind a tangled mess of metal.

"The vehicles are all attached to each other, we're attempting to pull them apart now," said Sgt. Dan Crain of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The pick-up truck was so badly mangled it was barely recognizable, ABC reports. "It's been a horrible, horrible day in our community, and we'll never get over this," said Joy Tucker, the superintendent.

As we previously reported, despite horrible incidents like this, school buses are one of the safest forms or transportation according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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