Three die after school bus catches fire in Newton County


Three people have died after a truck and school bus collide causing the bus to become engulfed in flames.

At 4:20 Wednesday evening, 21-year-old Waylon Collins, 19-year-old Jordan Pospichal, 21-year-old Austin Thomas all from Arkansas were traveling in a pick up truck on Route H.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the truck failed to stop at the stop sign and crashed into the school bus.

Both vehicles traveled off the left side of the roadway and the bus landed on top of the truck and ignited.

Everyone on board the school bus got out with minor injuries.

Statement from the Neosho School District: 

“We were recently made aware of an accident involving one of our buses at the intersection of H and HH. Emergency and school personnel are currently on the scene. Two students, a bus aide, and bus driver were onboard when another vehicle struck the bus. There are some bumps and bruises but we are grateful to report no major injuries for our students and team who were on the bus. We do not have information as to the other vehicle or its passengers.

This is all we know at this time but we will work with law enforcement to keep our community in the loop as information comes available.

Our thoughts are with all involved in this tragic accident. đź’›đź–¤#WildcatNation

This marks Troop D’s 99th, 100th and 101st fatality for 2018.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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