Trucker kills child exiting school bus

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  1. Trucking in Tennessee

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    Police in Mississippi have arrested and charged a truck driver following a pedestrian strike that left one child dead and another injured.

    The incident occurred on the afternoon of December 9 on Highway 8 in Vardaman, Mississippi.

    According to Vardaman Police Chief Kenneth Scott, two children who were getting off the bus were struck by a truck hauling a load of lumber driven by James Thomas Murphy, 70.

    Police say that the children were hit when Murphy swerved to avoid a truck that was previously stopped for the school bus.

    One child was pronounced dead at the scene. The other child was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

    Following the crash, Murphy was arrested and charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault. His bond has not yet been set.

    The incident remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

    The Calhoun County School District released a statement on the fatal incident: “We understand the emotional impact this can have on all parties involved. Vardaman is an extremely close-knit community, and we know they will come together to support and comfort one another through this terrible tragedy.”
     
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  3. 6cuda6

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    Distracted driving.....to much of that going on these days sadly.
     
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  4. Dale thompson

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    Tragic a moment of rushing can end so badly.
     
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  5. jsnell

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    God Bless everyone involved
     
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  6. Flashdrive7

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    A tragedy for us all. A young life cut short. A family that will be hurting, a man who will spend the rest of his life knowing he caused it.

    Let's be careful out there guys.
     
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  7. lovesthedrive

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    Seriously!!!??? Lights flashing before they stop and he couldnt see it? sigh
     
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  8. magoo68

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    Sounds like bus had already dropped kids they were beside a truck pulling away from the stop . He took shoulder to not rear end truck he somehow didn’t notice kids .
     
  9. Flat Earth Trucker

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    I was thinking the same thing.
     
  10. Trucking in Tennessee

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    They didn't say what kind of truck was behind the bus. If it was a box truck it could have blocked his view of the bus. Just guessing....
     
  11. Flat Earth Trucker

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    Still, slowing traffic is always a clue.
     
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