JACKSON, Miss. — At least a dozen high school students were taken to hospitals and three adults were killed when a tractor-trailer sideswiped a school bus and collided head-on with a second school bus yesterday on a highway bridge in northern Mississippi, authorities said.
Jon Kalahar, a Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman, said the driver of the 18-wheeler and two school employees were killed. About 60 students from Ackerman High School were aboard the buses traveling on Highway 8, about 40 miles south of the University of Mississippi at Oxford.
Students were transported to area hospitals, authorities said. One was taken by helicopter to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Mike Dunagin, fire chief of Calhoun City near the scene, said one of the buses hit the guardrail of a highway overpass bridge. Photos showed the rear of the bus dangling over the guard rail.
“We’re very fortunate the bus didn’t go off the bridge,’’ Dunagin said from the scene.