Mo. families grieve 2 slain in school buses wreck

Rescue personnel work at the scene of an accident involving two school buses and a tractor-trailer on Aug. 5 near Gray Summit, Mo.
Rescue personnel work at the scene of an accident involving two school buses and a tractor-trailer on Aug. 5 near Gray Summit, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

What was supposed to have been a day of fun for a high school marching band turned into a day of chaos and tragedy, when the two buses taking them to an amusement park slammed into a highway wreck, killing a 15-year-old student and the driver of another vehicle.

The Aug. 5 morning crash near Gray Summit, about 40 miles west of St. Louis, Mo., sent dozens of children from St. James’ John F. Hodge High School to hospitals, where most were treated for minor injuries and released. Two students remained hospitalized that evening.

But Jessica Brinker, a 15-year-old student who was sitting in the back of the first bus to hit the wreck, was killed, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.…Read More