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Train - school bus collision investigated

  : Monday March 28, 2000
The collision between a freight train and a
Tennesee school bus crash
photo: Reuters
school bus yesterday (28 March) is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Two children were killed and five seriously injured in the collision which occurred at around 07:00 on the Tennessee - Georgia border. The condition of three of the injured children is reported to be serious. The driver of the bus was also injured. Her condition is described as fair.

The accident happened as the bus was collecting children around the district on a rural crossing about thirty miles east of Chattanooga. The crossing has no barriers or warning lights. It is however marked with cross bucks to warn motorists.

The train, operated by CSX consisted of thirty-two freight cars. It pushed the bus ahead of it for about 100 yards. Neither of the train's crew of two were hurt.

It is unclear why the bus failed to stop at the crossing. The National Transportation Safety Board has a seven member team of investigators at the scene. The lead investigator Ken Suydam said that an event recorder a video camera on the bus may provide clues to the accident. Initial information from the record indicates that the locomotives' horns and bells were sounding as the train approached the crossing.

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Earlier story
Train collides with school bus in Tennessee - 2 children killed
28 Mar 2000
Web sources:
Feds Investigate Bus-Train Crash
Excite 28 Mar 2000
Two children killed when school bus and CSX freight collide
Trains 29 Mar 2000
2 Kids Die As Train Hits School Bus
Yahoo 28 Mar 2000


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