A 19-year-old driver was texting just before his pickup truck, two school buses and a tractor truck collided in a deadly pileup on an interstate highway in Missouri last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.
Two people , the pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the buses — were killed and 38 others were injured in the Aug. 5, 2010 accident on the interstate highway near Gray Summit, Mo. Nearly 50 students, mostly members of a high school band from St. James, Mo., were on the buses heading to the Six Flags St. Louis amusement park.
The chain of rear end collisions began when the pickup truck rammed the back of the tractor truck, the board said. The pickup was then rear-ended by a school bus, which was in turn struck by the second bus.
As an insurance agency we see our fair share of accidents and serious injuries, even deaths that are a result of texting while driving and want to encourage parents tospeak with the children and stress the importance of NOT TEXTING or talking on their cell phone while driving. Turn off the phone while driving, whatever it is can wait until you have reached a safe destination.
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