UPDATE: The driver of a pickup truck and a high school girl were killed in the accident. Authorities say the pickup truck slammed into the back of the semi as it slowed near a construction zone. Neither of the two school buses were able to stop in time to avoid the collision.
The students in the buses were members of the John F. Hodge High band, and were on a field trip to Six Flags amusement park. (8/5/10 3:55)
Two school buses crashed on a Missouri interstate I-44 near St. Louis this morning at 10:15. Fifty people have been injured and two people have been killed. The accident involved the two buses and a semi trailer and a pick up truck. The first bus ended up on top of the truck’s trailer and the second bus seems to have rear-ended the first.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said that they are helping the Missouri State Highway Patrol respond the to the incident. Emergency staff has set up a staging area not far from the site to help treat the injured immediately.
Forty-six children have been transported to a nearby hospital. “Our understanding is that there are no serious injuries,” said Ashley Wiehle, spokeswoman for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, said regarding the expected patients. The children are being brought in as a precaution, she said.