“Shock” And “Grief” After Flatbed Truck Rear-Ends School Bus Killing 8th Grade Boy
Marshall County, Indiana – A 14-year-old boy has died due to injuries sustained Wednesday morning when the school bus he was traveling on was rear-ended by a flatbed truck.
The crash happened Wednesday morning shortly after 9 a.m. along U.S. 31 at a railroad crossing near Argos. Investigators say the bus had come to a stop and was beginning to accelerate when it was struck from the rear by the truck driven by 26-year-old Tylor Perry.
A 14-year-old boy, whose identity has not yet been released, was sitting in the left-rear of the bus and was impacted by the truck. The boy was later pronounced dead on the scene.
Another 14-year-old boy was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Southbend and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A total of 38 students were on-board at the time of the accident, and 22 students were treated for non-life-threatening injuries according to initial reports.
The 8th grade students attend Winamac Community Middle School and were on a field trip to see a Christmas musical in Warsaw.
Since the crash this morning, there has been an outpouring of grief and shock on social media. As an example, a local church took to social media to express their “sense of grief and loss” and announce it would be opening its doors Wednesday evening for community members to simply gather and pray.
Here’s more from the scene of the accident courtesy of WSBT/Faceboook.
Sgt. Ted Bohner with the Indiana State Police said, “Here in this area we have just had some tragic, tragic stories here of late involving school buses. It’s heartbreaking. We need to pay attention and be cautious, so that this doesn’t happen.”
Sgt. Bohner also said that he does not believe weather was a factor in the crash. The truck driver was sent for a toxicology evaluation and police are waiting for those results before determining if/what charges to file in the case.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the story and update you as it develops.
Image courtesy of WSBT-TV.