School bus failure to yield results in highway catastrophe

| 10/14/2002

A school bus and a truck hauling steel coils collided Thursday in Michigan, leaving dozens of children and adults injured, eight of the children critically. The sheriff's department in Erie Township told reporters, "`It doesn't appear the steel hauler was at fault.''

The bus driver entered the intersection and failed to yield to oncoming traffic, the sheriff's department said. According to news reports, area hospitals treated at least 48 people. All eight of those in critical condition are children, and four children and three adults - including a 67-year-old woman - are in serious condition. The bus was carrying 43 children and 17 adults. They were on a field trip.

The truck driver was treated at a hospital and released. The bus driver, who had reportedly just been hired by the bus company on Monday, was not hurt.