August 5th, 2010
01:20 PM ET

2 dead, as many as 50 hurt in Missouri school bus accident

[Updated at 1:18 p.m.] Thirty-six children are being transported to a hospital Thursday after a crash involving two school buses and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 44 in
Missouri, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"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.

[Updated at 12:49 p.m.] Nine people have been transported to two hospitals following a crash Thursday involving two school buses and a tractor-trailer that also left two
people dead, officials said. The hospitals are in Washington, Missouri, and St. Louis, Missouri.

[Posted at 12:44 p.m.] Two people have died in a wreck involving two school buses in Missouri Thursday, said Jorma Duran, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The wreck happened between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at mile marker 250 of I-44, he said.

It involved two school buses, a tractor-trailer and another vehicle, Duran said, and closed about four miles of the interstate.

Video from the scene showed a school bus resting atop the back end of a tractor trailer. It showed another school bus, as well.

About 50 people were hurt, CNN affiliate KMOV reported. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office told CNN that it was helping the Missouri State Highway Patrol respond to the wreck.

The St. James (Missouri) school district said its buses were involved in the accident.

The wreck reportedly happened on I-44 in Gray Summit, which is about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis.

- CNN's Mark Bixler contributed to this report

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  1. Oma

    Carlos, Durka Durka and BusterB, you all are sick people. there were children involved in this and one report states that one who was killed was a child. Obviously you don't have children of your own, have any nieces or nephews or grandchildren or even KNOW anybody with children or you wouldn't be saying such STUPID stuff. Hopefully none of you have any children of your own. I can't believe in a sitaution as this you would be so heartless as to post such comments. as for the families involved I pray for your little ones to heal fast and god be with the family who lost their child.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tinker Tinker

    I don't understand how some people think this is funny. Children were involved, what is wrong with you people? On top of that...two people are dead. As far as the racism goes, I understand that there is racism in this world and I deal with it on a day to day basis, but we must realize that not every cop, criminal justice staff, or individual treats a person differently because of their race. We must keep that mind set because if you give into it you're doing nothing, but proving the image that society and the media has created for african americans and the other minority groups thus making it harder for those who are the minority and are the younger generation.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. :(

    What a cruel and heartless world we live in!! How could you people make jokes and ignorant comments at this situation? There are scared families right now, and you find it funny to make jokes at their expense! GROW UP PEOPLE!!!!! I will be praying for these families.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Suchashame

    I'm so glad there are so many mature people who can joke about something like this. It really makes me believe in the human race. It wouldn't be so funny if your kid was on that bus.. Some people...

    August 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris Kees

    AS A FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER, I CAN IMAGINE THE HORROR THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH. IT TAKES ONE SECOND AT FREEWAY SPEEDS TO MAKE THAT FATAL MISTAKE. ONE KID SCREAMING ABOUT SOMETHING TO TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE ROAD, ONE CAR THINKING THEY CAN JUST "SQUEEZE" INTO THE SAFETY SPACE YOU KEEP IN YOU DRIVING AREA, ONE FOOLISH TEENAGER THINKING IT'S FUNNY TO CUT THE BUS OFF SO THEY CAN LAUGH AT A CLASSMATE, ETC. GOD BLESS THOSE THAT DID NOT SURVIVE...... CK

    August 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. another bus driver

    It certainly is not a funny situation, only heartless people would think so. As a bus driver I could see how the bus could have struck the truck if it squeezed in people do this all the time. Why there are children on that bus and it cannot stop on a dime. thats why a good bus driver creates the safe distance but that second bus that hit the first one, what was the driver following so close for? that bus should have had time to stop! why take your eyes off traffic conditions when you have other adults on the bus? We are all in horror its every bus drivers worse nightmare and were all praying for the children and families.

    August 6, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. school accident claim

    can you tell me what type facilities provided by government after this accident to their family.school accident claim

    August 30, 2010 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. school accident claim

    hi can you tell me what type of facilities provided by goverment after this accidient to
    their families?school accident claim

    August 30, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |