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  • Associated Press Authorities say the crash on U.S. 31 near Argos in Marshall County left a student dead.

Thursday, December 06, 2018 1:00 am

1 student dead, 1 hurt after field trip crash

School bus stopped at railroad tracks struck in rear by flatbed truck

Associated Press

ARGOS – A teenage boy was killed and another student was injured when a flatbed truck collided Wednesday in Marshall County with a school bus carrying students on a field trip to see a Christmas musical in Warsaw, police said.

The boy, who was seated in the left rear of the bus, died after the truck rear-ended the bus on U.S. 31, near Argos, about 30 miles south of South Bend and 65 miles west of Fort Wayne, Indiana State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner said.

A 14-year-old boy who was injured in the crash was flown to a South Bend hospital but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Bohner said the Marshall County coroner would not release the name of the student until relatives are notified. The coroner pronounced the boy dead at the scene.

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

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Corp. bus was carrying 38 students and three chaperones on a field trip to see a “Elf the Musical” in at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw when the crash occurred, state police said.

The remaining students were taken on another bus to a hospital in Plymouth to be evaluated and reunited with their parents.

The crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at a point where railroad tracks intersect U.S. 31. Bohner said. Preliminary information indicates the bus had just stopped at that crossing, as is required by Indiana law, and was starting to accelerate when it was struck in the left rear by the truck, which was towing a trailer.

Toxicology results are pending on the drivers of the bus and the truck. Police said weather was not believed to have been a factor.

The crash comes about a month after a 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers were killed Oct. 30 near Rochester, about 15 miles south of Wednesday's crash scene. In the October crash, a pickup truck hit the children in a rural area before sunrise. The driver has been charged.