School bus crash kills girl, injures 10

Associated Press / April 2, 2011

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JACKSON, Miss. — Fog could have been a factor when a school bus and a tractor-trailer collided on a rural Mississippi highway yesterday, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring at least 10 people, authorities said.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said the accident happened about 7:20 a.m., and it appeared that the bus had stopped at a stop sign on Mississippi Highway 450 and was turning onto US Highway 61 when it pulled in front of the truck.

Kalahar said the truck driver told investigators he saw the bus and hit the brakes, but could not stop in time. Kalahar said the preliminary investigation showed it was foggy at the time and that may have contributed to the crash.

The student who died was Taliyah McRoy, according to T.L. Redmon Funeral Home.

Kalahar said 13 people were on the bus. Three were taken by helicopter to hospitals. It was not immediately clear whether all the injured were students. Kalahar said the vehicles flipped over and landed on their sides.

It was the second fatal school bus accident involving a tractor-trailer in Mississippi this year.

In February, a truck driver, a bus driver, and a teacher were killed on Mississippi Highway 8.

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