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School Bus Involved In Accident Early This Morning, Five School Children Reported Dead

By Michael Simmons
Editor, The Cleveland Current

The Shaw community is in mourning today as information continues to trickle in involving an 18-wheeler that ran into the side of school bus at approximately 7 a.m. that was carrying children to school in Shaw. Five children have been reported dead but only one confirmed. Sources are also reporting that the truck driver died of an apparent heart attack about two hours after the accident, this is also unconfirmed. 26 children and the two drivers have been transported to hospitals within the Delta. The driver of the bus, Sherri McDaniel, is listed in critical condition. One child died on the scene.

Four helicopter units were unable to land at the scene because of the fog.

Details are still coming in, however it appears that heavy morning fog played a contributing factor in the wreck. The school bus was crossing Miss. Highway 61 on Miss. Highway 450 when the 18-wheeler struck the tail end of the bus causing it to spin out of control and landing on its side. The 18-wheeler also landed on its side.

A second accident also occurred during the initial search and rescue effort. A man, name unknown as of this time, had a seizure and accelerated past a roadblock at approximately 65 m.p.h. before hitting an incline. His vehicle went airborne and stopped upon landing. The driver was taken to an unknown hospital by ambulance.

More information will be available in this Sunday's edition of The Cleveland Current.

EMTs and paramedics from several hospitals across the region assisted with the medical response. Family and community members gathered in the field beside the accident hoping for the best.

First responders and volunteers assist a student to an ambulance. Some were able to walk and others were taken away by stretcher.


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