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More Details on Neosho School Bus Crash

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A crash involving a Neosho school bus kills three people from Arkansas. 

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 4 pm on Wednesday (10/3) after a pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection of highways H and HH.. 10 miles east of Neosho. 

After the truck struck the bus, the two vehicles went off the left side of the road and overturned -- the bus ended up on top of the truck -- and then caught fire.

The Newton County Coroner pronounced the driver and two passengers in the truck dead at the scene.  

The driver is 21-year-old Austin Thomas of Harrison, Arkansas, the passengers are 21-year-old Waylon Collins of Western Grove, Arkansas and 19-year-old Jordan Pospichal of Hasty, Arkansas.

According to Neosho Superintendent Jim Cummins, there were two male junior high students on the bus, as well as the bus driver and a bus aid. 

The students in the bus were able to help each other out of the front windshield.. while a bystander helped the driver and bus aid out before the bus went up in flames.  

Jim Cummins, Neosho Superintendent:"The seventh grade student got knocked around a little bit, but was able to get the tenth grader help, help him to the front of the bus and exit out the front windshield. We had a neighbor that came out to the scene there and was actually able to cut the drivers seatbelt and get her and the aid then out the front windshield as well. I think the reaction time was important, and certainly they acted quickly and responsibly, and fortunately we don't have to be talking about the what if's."

The bus driver, bus aid and students that were on the bus are taking the rest of the week off to recover. The district is also providing counselors for them, as well as students in the district.

Cummins:"Our lead counselor, she has reached out to all of them. and we will make sure that we follow up and make sure that they're taken care of. I spoke with the driver as well..she's bruised up and distraught, but happy that her students were fine."

The Missouri Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash, and not releasing any further details at this time.  

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