Girl, pickup driver killed in Mo. school bus crash

Aug 5 2010 - 2:13pm

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This image made from video provided by KTVI shows the scene of an accident Thursday Aug. 5, 2010 on eastbound Interstate 44 near Gray Summit, Mo. The buses were carrying children from the St. James School District. Details about the injuries were not immediately known.
The Associated Press/KTVI
This image made from video provided by KTVI shows the scene of an accident Thursday Aug. 5, 2010 on eastbound Interstate 44 near Gray Summit, Mo. The buses were carrying children from the St. James School District. Details about the injuries were not immediately known.

 

GRAY SUMMIT, Mo. -- Missouri state troopers say the two people killed in a chain-reaction freeway accident involving a tractor trailer cab, two school buses and a pickup truck were a girl on one of the buses and the driver of the pickup.

 

Authorities say the buses were taking the high school band members from St. James to a Six Flags amusement park when the collision on Interstate 44 west of St. Louis occurred.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the pickup truck slammed into the back of the tractor, which had slowed for traffic near a construction zone near Gray Summit west of St. Louis.

The bus carrying the girl then struck the pickup from behind and was rear-ended by the other bus.

Dozens of children were taken to area hospitals, mostly with injuries not considered life-threatening.

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