Safety

Fog may have contributed to fatal school bus crash

Posted on April 5, 2011

JACKSON, Miss. — Authorities said they believe fog may have been a factor in a collision between a school bus and a tractor-trailer on Friday.

A 10-year-old girl was killed in the crash, and at least 10 other people were injured.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said it appears that the bus stopped at a stop sign, then pulled onto the highway in front of the truck, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Kalahar said the truck driver told investigators he hit the brakes but failed to stop in time.

Taliyah McRoy, a fifth-grade student, died in the crash, according to Shaw School District Superintendent Cederick Ellis. Ellis told AP that four other students were flown to hospitals and at least another four were taken by ambulance. At least one is still in critical condition, he said.

Kalahar said the vehicles flipped onto their sides during the collision. Students from kindergarten through high school were riding the bus at the time of the accident.

 

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Robbin Pierce

     | about 6 years ago

    How tragic for all involved! Fog is horrible to drive in, especially in the daytime. So many vehicles are out on the road without any lights on. At times, the fog can be so thick that lights aren't visible until you are right on top of them. I have my drivers quiet the students on the bus - shut off heaters and open windows to listen - have the strobe on, etc.; whatever they can do to avoid situations like this. We have snow days - thick fog can be just as, if not more, dangerous!

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