A school field trip to see “Elf The Musical” in Marshall County, Indiana, turned tragic when a truck towing a flatbed trailer rammed into the back of a school bus, killing 13-year-old Owen Abbott, and injuring another child.
The school bus from Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation was traveling northbound on US 31 on the morning of Dec. 5 when the bus stopped at a railroad crossing. The bus started to move and then stopped again. That’s when the truck collided with the back of the bus.
There were 38 eighth-graders and three chaperones on the school bus along with the female bus driver. A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital in South Bend with non-life-threatening injuries. The rest of the students were taken to a nearby hospital and released.
Both the 34-year-old driver of the truck and the 54-year-old driver of the school bus gave samples for toxicology reporting, which they are required to by law. Results of those tests are not yet available. The accident resulted in the closure of northbound US 31 for hours while the road was cleared of vehicle parts.
This was the third deadly accident in the U.S. in one week involving buses carrying students. Two adults were killed and another seriously injured after a tractor-trailer driving the wrong way down the interstate near Bloomington, Illinois, crashed into a school bus carrying junior varsity basketball players.
In another incident, a child was killed and at least 45 others injured when a charter bus carrying a Memphis-area youth football team rolled off the interstate in central Arkansas.
Source: ABC Chicago