June 12, 1997 in Nation/World

Four Die When Bus Slams Into Crowd

Associated Press
 

A student driver lost control of a public bus as she pulled into a stop Wednesday, plowing into a crowded train platform on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Four people were killed.

Firefighters had to use air bags to lift the bus off one victim. Two were struck so hard that their shoes were found where they had been standing.

Two died instantly, police said, while the other two were declared dead a short time later at a hospital in this St. Louis suburb.

Another person was seriously injured but her life was not in danger, authorities said. Two others - including the bus driver - were treated for minor injuries.

The bus was pulling into a stop when it jumped a curb about 9:15 a.m, striking the train platform where some 18 to 20 people were waiting for the MetroLink train, said Police Chief Jerry Burke.

Witnesses said the bus approached the platform too fast, leaving people little time to get out of the way.

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