Huntsville Teen Dies After SUV Crashes Into School Bus

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HUNTSVILLE (KFSM) -- One juvenile died Monday morning (Sept. 21) and another was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Missouri after an SUV rear ended a school bus on Highway 412 in Huntsville, according to Arkansas State Police.

The driver and the front-seat passenger, who died at the scene, were both teen girls, according to a woman who witnessed the crash. She said the school bus stopped in front of her house to pick up her son when the crash happened.

As of 1 p.m., the teen driver was still alive.

There was also a back-seat passenger, ASP said. According to the eyewitness, the boy in the back seat was the brother of one of the teen girls. The boy was not severely injured and did not have to be transported to the hospital, according to ASP.

The school bus and SUV were both heading eastbound on Hwy. 412 when the SUV rear ended the bus just before 8 a.m. The speed limit in the area where the crash happened is 55 miles per hour.

According to ASP, the crash is under investigation and troopers will use video from a camera on board the bus, as well as data about speed, direction and braking from the SUV's computer.

There were 26 students on the bus at the time of the crash, according to a statement from Huntsville School District Superintendent Clint Jones. There were no student injuries reported at the scene of the accident and all students were taken to the Huntsville school gym where they were examined by school nurses, according to Jones.

All high school athletic activities, including 8th grade events, have been canceled for Monday night, according to the district's Facebook page.

The school district confirmed the teen girl who died was a student at Huntsville High School. The school's media center has been designed as the crisis center where school district and area counselors, local ministers, staff members and administrators can meet with students and staff affected by the loss. The crisis team will also be available Tuesday.

Students have also been making ribbons in memory of their friend and are handing them out for all to wear.

A candlelight vigil was held for the teen Monday (Sept. 21) at 7 p.m. Hundreds attended the ceremony held at the Huntsville High football field. Video from the vigil is posted below.

5 comments

  • Brian McElhaney

    I have driven that area of Hwy 412 many times in the mornings. Especially this time of year the sun is shining right in your eyes. There are several factors to figure in here…. If it was foggy, the YELLOW glare of the sun shining in drivers eyes, could have made it hard to visually see the YELLOW bus clearly. Not to mention the BLACK rear bumper on the bus, one would think it’s the BLACK color of the road! Just saying… It makes sense, not to see the back of this bus until it was too late. Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the families.

  • Richard Warner

    My granddaughter told me she was in the bus behind the suv and watched the crash as it happened. Both girls, driver and passenger were texting. The driver wasn’t even looking at the road! This is the end result and no one thinks it can ever happen to them. What do people expect? Things like this just burn me up when kids get killed…and for what? …because they just had to text, didn’t they? The girl who died was taking pics of the back of the bus where her friends were located.

    • Tawny Nuesmeyer McGehee

      Having ridden many school buses I have doubts of your granddaughter being able to see what was going on in the front seat of the vehicle in front of her bus. Let’s wait until the Police finish their investigation to start pointing fingers and saying what happen. Stop and think about how the family of these girls would feel if they read your comments. Stop and think how you would feel if it was a family member of yours and people were making these kinds of comments. These families need prayers right now and not comments like those that you posted.

  • Melissa Mitchell

    A better sidebar story than “Questions About Rear Under-Ride Bars On School Buses Follow Deadly Crash” would have been “Why Is a 15-Year-Old driving another 15-Year-Old to School?” And if she had a hardship license, why was she driving non-family members?

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