JACKSON, Miss.— A tractor trailer collided with a school bus on a rural Mississippi highway Friday morning, killing one child and injuring at least 10 others.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said the collision occurred around 7:20 a.m., just after the bus had stopped at a stop sign on Mississippi Highway 450 and U.S. Highway 61 about three and a half miles south of the town of Shaw. As the bus proceeded to turn onto 61, it was struck by an oncoming tractor trailer.
The driver of the truck told authorities he saw the bus at the last second and slammed on the brakes, but it was too late to avoid a collision. Police investigating the crash said that the foggy weather conditions and low visibility may have been a contributing factor. The crash caused both vehicles to roll over onto their sides.
According to Shaw School District Superintendent Cederick Ellis, four students were airlifted to regional hospitals and at least four others were carried by ambulance. One of the students remains in critical condition. The driver of the bus suffered minor injuries and was treated and released. The bus was transporting students from kindergarten through high school.
The girl who died in the crash was identified as Taliyah McRoy, a fifth grader at McEvans School. Mr. Ellis said that he had been talking with the girl about some forthcoming tests and that she was “counting down the days.” He said her death dealt her school and community a horrible blow.
“It is a very small community, a very tight community. When something happens, especially a tragedy like this, it really affects the entire community,” Ellis said.
Though fog may have played a role, police said that the crash remains under investigation.