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Teenager killed by truck crashing into school bus on a field trip in Indiana

ARGOS, Ind. – A teenager was killed and another student was injured when a truck car collided Wednesday in northern…

ARGOS, Ind. – A teenager was killed and another student was injured when a truck car collided Wednesday in northern Indiana with a school bus who carried students on a field trip to see a Christmas musical, police said. The boy, who sat in the left rear of the bus, died after the truck bumped the bus along US 31, near Marshall County, Argos, about 30 miles south of South Bend, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner.

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4-year-old boy injured in the crash moved to a South Bend hospital, but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Bohner said that Marshall County Coroner should release the name of the student who died when his relatives were reported. The coronary pronounced the boy dead on stage.

The crash occurred just after 9 at a point where the railroad tracks cut USA 31. Bohner said. Preliminary information shows that the bus had just stopped at the junction, as required by the Indiana law, and began to accelerate when it was struck to the left behind the truck, which dragged a trailer.

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First respond to the location of a bus car collision in Indiana on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.


Indiana State Police identified the driver of the truck as Perry Tylor, 26, of Camby, Ind. The bus driver is Cheryl Warner, 54, of Winamac, Ind.

Toxicological results await bus drivers and lorries. The police said that weather did not believe to have been a factor in the crash.

“As a parent it breaks your heart,” said Bohner.

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation bus carried 38 students and three chaperones on a field trip to see a Christmas music in the nearby city of Warsaw when the crash occurred, state police said.

Other students were taken on another bus to a Plymouth hospital to be evaluated and reunited with their parents. Officials told the CBS Fort Bend affiliate WSBT TV hospital treating 22 of the students.

“It’s terrible,” Vickie Kaczmarek, whose five children went through the school system, told WSBT. “You do not think you see things, you think buses are not going somewhere, but this was a field trip.”

“It’s just cardiac deficiency, heartbreaking for the whole community,” says Michelle Parks, grandmother of children who go to Pulaski. “You are wondering about your own children and grandchildren.”

The crash comes about a month after a 9-year-old girl and her twin-year-old brothers were killed October 30 near Rochester about 15 miles south of Wednesday’s crash scene. In the October crash a pickup car hit the children in a rural area before the sunrise. The driver has been charged.

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