Two Dead, 50 Injured after St. Louis School Buses Involved in Accident with Semi

Two Dead, 50 Injured after St. Louis School Buses Involved in Accident with Semi

A St. Louis, Missouri school bus accident killed two people and injured as many as 50 others on Thursday after a pair of buses collided with a tractor trailer about 40 miles outside the city, CNN reported.

The Missouri Department of Transportation reported that the accident occurred at about 10:15 a.m. on I-44 near mile marker 250. The buses were carrying 8th grade band students from the St. James school district. The kids were on the way to a Six Flags amusement park.

Thirty-six of the children aboard the buses were being transported to theSSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis. Four others were taken to St. John’s Mercy Medical Hospital in Washington, Missouri and five were taken to St. John’s Medical Center in St. Louis.

A St. Louis bus accident lawyer will be able to work with families of injured children in this case. Multiple victims, competing insurance claims, multiple insurance companies and state and federal school bus and trucking regulations will all have to be taken into account in this case. Serious and fatal accidents involving large trucks are a tragically common occurrence. More than 380,000 large commercial trucks were involved in accidents in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 4,229 motorists were killed and more than 90,000 were injured. That same year, 117 large trucks were involved in fatal Missouri trucking accidents.

An accident with a school bus full of children is about the worst scenario imaginable. School buses have a better safety record than most large commercial vehicles. Still, the government reports an average of 19 students die each year in school-transportation accidents.

Video footage from the scene shows a school bus resting atop the rear of a semi, with another school bus nearby. The crash happened on I-44 in Gray Summit, about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis.

The St. Louis Today reported that the bus in front was carrying girls, while the second bus was carrying boys.

Cause of the crash remains under investigation. The company that owns the truck said the collision occurred just as the truck was slowing down for construction-related congestion on the highway ahead. The truck is owned by Climate Express, a trucking company out of Washington, Missouri that operates a fleet of 120 tractors and 280 trailers.

The ABC News report is available here.

The New York Daily News report is here.

If you have been injured in a trucking or school bus accident in Missouri, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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