Two Dead, As Many as 50 Injured in Missouri School Bus Accident

August 6th, 2010 - 12:48 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Aug 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) So far two people have been confirmed dead, and as many as fifty have been injured when two school buses loaded with 50 kids crashed into the back of a tractor trailer today (Thursday) about 40 miles outside of St. Louis, Missouri, with an SUV lying mangled underneath the wreckage at this time, according to authorities.

A spokesperson for the Missouri Department of transportation, Jorma Duran, stated that the accident occurred sometimes between 10:15 and 10:30 am on I 44 at mile marker 250.

Reports in from ‘CNN’ affiliate ‘KMOV’ say that the school buses were loaded with eighth grade band student from the St James School in Missouri who were on their way to a Six Flags field trip located just 10 miles form the scene.

Thirty six of the 50 student were taken to the SMM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center which is located in St Louis. Four more of those students were transported to St John’s Mercy Medical Hospital, which is in Washington, Missouri. Still five other children were taken to the St John’s Mercy Medical Center, in St Louis, and two people are being taken to St. Clair Hospital in Fenton,spokespersons from all of these hospitals confirmed.

About four miles of the eastbound lane were closed due to the accident. The video of the crash scene shows a bus resting on top of a tractor trailer, another school bus right behind it, and an SUV, which is barely visible, mangled beneath the wreckage. It is yet unclear whether the two confirmed dead were in the SUV, the buses, or the tractor trailer. Metal ladders were seen leaning against the school buses to help get the children out of the windows.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office are helping to respond to the wreck, which happened in Grey Summit.

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