Authorities ID 2 killed in school buses crash

Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 8:36 p.m. CDT; updated 5:20 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 6, 2010

GRAY SUMMIT — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified the two people killed in a highway pileup that involved two school buses and two other vehicles.

Cpl. Jeff Wilson said 15-year-old Jessica Brinker of St. James was the high school student killed in the Thursday morning crash. He said19-year-old Daniel Schatz was driving a pickup truck that was flattened in the wreck.

Schatz's father is a Republican candidate for state House.

The pileup happened on Interstate 44 about 40 miles west of St. Louis.

State police said Schatz's pickup rammed the back of a semi cab. One of two buses carrying St. James high school students hit the pickup, then was pushed on top of it by the other bus.

Dozens of students were treated for injuries. Most were minor.

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