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CALHOUN CITY, MS – Three people were killed when an 18 wheeler collided head on with a school bus loaded with high students from  Ackerman High School after a field trip to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS.

Bus dangles perilously over Yalobusha River after fatal head-on collision with 18 wheeler.

Calhoun City is in Calhoun County, Mississippi in the northern part of the state about 146 miles northeast of Jackson.

The bus driver and a teacher in the bus were killed as well as the driver of the tractor-trailer. The fatal accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

More than 60 students were traveling in two buses on their way back from an event at the University of Mississippi where the students were touring the campus and meeting with admissions advisors at Ole Miss.

The students were returning to Ackerman, MS, about 42 miles south of the scene of the accident. The semi truck accident happened in Calhoun City, about 43 miles south of Oxford, MS near where highway 8 and 9 meet – about half-way from its destination on the trip home.

Location of tragic accident involving a semi truck and a school bus in Calhoun City, MS on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

At least 17 high school students were also injured in the crash. One of the high school students was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Ten others were taken to area hospitals in Grenada and Tupelo. It has been reported that their injuries were not life threatening.

The people who were killed in the accident were identified as bus driver and assistant football coach and teacher, Steven B. Moss, 37 years old, teacher Phyllis Andrews Graham, 53 years old, from Purvis, MS and truck driver Gary T. Bailey, 54 years old, from Mantachie, MS.

The big rig was heading northbound on highway 9 when it side swiped one southbound school bus and then crashed head on into a second school bus on a brige over the Yalobusha River.

Crumpled nose of tractor-trailer after head-on collision with school bus in an accident in Calhoun City, MS that killed 3 people, including the truck driver.

The exact cause of the accident is not known at this time, but is currently under investigation. Officials are trying to figure out if the tractor-trailer driver suffered a heart attack at the wheel before colliding with the bus.

Judging from the accident photos, the rear of the bus was left dangling over the side of the brige over the Yalobusha River. Authorites say that they were very fortunate that the bus didn’t go off the bridge.

For more information about Mississippi trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims’ rights, contact truck accident lawyers Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP for truck accident advice. For a free initial consultation, talk to a MS truck accident attorney at 1.800.773.6770.

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