Carrsville, VA School Bus And Train Collision, Apr 1984
BUS CRASH HURTS 27.
Carrsville, Virginia (UPI) - Twenty-six elementary school children were injured when a freight train plowed into their bus.
CAROL CUSSIC, 40, the bus driver, lost her legs and was in critical condition today.
CAROL CUSSIC, the bus driver, passed away 5 days later on April 17.
Two students also were hospitalized in critical condition in Norfolk, three were in stable condition and officials said 19 other students were treated for minor injuries and released.
Officials said a bus carrying 59 students from Carrsville Elementary School drove onto an unmarked crossing three miles north of Franklin and was hit by a 107-car Chessie System train going 49 mph.
The impact knocked the bus 20 feet off the tracks, sheared the front end and separated the body from the chassis.
"It's as bad a wreck as I've worked," said Virginia state trooper K. L. McKenney.
McKenney said the bus had dropped off some students on one side of the tracks, then turned around and drove onto the crossing in front of the oncoming train.
"I saw a bunch of kids running away from the bus," said JAMES FELTS, 10, who had just gotten off the bus with his sister. "There was blood all over the back door. It sounded like the train had collapsed off the track."
Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1984-04-13