Driver killed when vehicle strikes rear of school bus, catches fire

Photo: First responders handle a school bus fire Wednesday after a car rear-ended the bus while it was stopped picking up children on U.S. 62 near Green Forest in Carrol County. The driver of the car was killed in the crash. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

A Boone County man, 24-year-old Christopher Anderson of Harrison, died Wednesday morning when his vehicle struck the rear of a Green Forest School District bus and caught fire. The fire then spread to the school bus.

According to a report from the Arkansas State Police, the bus was stopped picking up children on U.S. Highway 62 when the collision occurred at 7:29. A social media post from the school’s superintendent indicates the crash occurred east of Green Forest.

The state police report indicates six were injured in the crash and taken to Mercy Hospital in Berryville. No details on the extent of their injuries was provided. The social media post indicates the bus driver and the students had all been evaluated by medical personnel, but did not elaborate further.

The state police report notes the weather was clear and the road dry at the time of the collision.

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