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URGENT Truck Hits School Bus; 4 Dead, 21 Injured Precede PAW PAW, Mich.

December 6, 1985

MATTAWAN, Mich. (AP) _ A tractor-trailer rammed a school bus on a snow-slickened interstate highway Thursday and pushed it into a bridge abutment, killing four children and injuring 21 other people, authorities said.

The bus was carrying children from Faith Baptist Academy when the accident occurred about 4 p.m. EST on Interstate 94 on the west side of Kalamazoo County, said Sgt. John McKenzie.

Three children were killed at the scene: Rashaad Lee, 7; Pam Corrie, 6; and David Stewart, 8, all from the Kalamazoo-Portage area in Kalamazoo County, said Sgt. Robert Johnson. Carrie Hutchinson, 9, of Kalamazoo, was dead on arrival at Bronson hospital, said Pat Elliott, hospital public relations director.

A teen-aged boy was critically injured and three girls suffered serious injuries, hospital officials said.

The drivers of the truck and the bus were treated and released.

The highway’s eastbound lanes were closed because of the crash.

″The weather here has been terrible,″ McKenzie said. ″The roads are all snow-covered and very slippery.″

Seven children were taken to Bronson Methodist, while the other 14 injured were taken to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.