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Bus wrecks in 3 states claim students' lives

It's been a bad month for bus accidents. Already in December, there have been three unrelated, fatal collisions involving school or charter buses ferrying kids to school-related activities and events. The three separate bus wrecks occurred in Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas.

In the Indiana crash, a middle-schooler died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, after a truck slammed into the rear of the school bus waiting at a railroad crossing about 30 miles from South Bend, near Argos. According to the Indiana State Police (ISP), the school bus had begun to move across the tracks when the truck driver hit it.

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Corp. bus was headed down US 31 to take 38 eighth-grade students and their three chaperones to a musical held in Warsaw, located approximately 25 to the east of the fatal accident.

In addition to the fatality, another eighth-grader had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital. It was not thought that his injuries were life-threatening. Other students complaining of pain were treated at a local medical facility, the ISP reported.

After the crash, police took toxicology samples from the bus driver as well as the truck driver.

Later that night outside of Bloomington, Illinois, a truck headed in the wrong direction on I-74 crashed into a school bus. On board were members of a girl's basketball team. The driver of the truck and a volunteer on the bus both were killed. Eight team members and another man aboard the bus suffered injuries as well.

Just two days prior to the double tragedy, a charter bus flipped over on Interstate 30 near Benton, Arkansas. Aboard the bus were members of a Tennessee youth all-star football team. One child died in the carnage and 45 others -- mainly kids -- were injured.

Although none of these wrecks occurred in or involved children from Louisville, the incidents drive home the point that bus accidents can happen anywhere at any time and claim students' lives.

Was your child injured in a bus wreck here in Kentucky? If so, you may decide to file a claim for damages to recover financial compensation for their injuries and other damages.

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