Two Die in Collision with School Bus

Two men died in a two-wreck involving a school bus on Highway 35 in Leake County Wednesday. The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection with County Line Road.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says a 1988 Oldsmobile was traveling westbound traveled on County Line Road, when the driver pulled into the path of a Forest city school bus, which was traveling southbound on Highway 35 and had the right-of-way.

The driver of the car, 20-year-old William K. Barksdale, of Kosciusko, died in the crash, along with his passenger, Anthony Patrick.

There were 39 students on board of the bus. Some sustained minor injuries. The bus was driven by 44-year-old Patty Reynolds of Forest.


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  • by mm Location: County on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    Ed, Where in the world did you get the idea it was a head-on collision? It happened at a crossroad on Hwy 35 at the Attala/Leake county lune . Per the Highway patrol, the car pulled out in front of the bus and the accident was un-avoidable. Perhaps if time had permitted, the bus driver could have swerved and missed the car,but we will never know and will never know how many students might have been killed if the bus had flipped. I praise the driver for maintaining as much control of the bus as she did with the response time she had.
  • by ed on Nov 17, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    doesn't matter what the car had in it .. there is no toxicology report nor was any statement made that was possible DUI involved.... now as to the wreck the words was changed on here as it stated before the car pulled in font of the bus ( vague refulgence) that would let one thinking they cross road as in cross road... now it says olds crossed over line head on with the bus.. big difference.. that being the case of fact I will concur nothing the driver could do.to prevent it.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    Ed, FYI, the car had 3 cases of beer in it per persons at the scene of the accident...think about that....
  • by ed on Nov 13, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    will not argue the point.. didn't know you were a crash investigator... I bow to your degree and experience and the way the law is doesn't matter if they where speeding or using caution all it matters is what the other was doing that caused the wreck... Moreover, I didn't say the bus driver was the fault what i did say was more caution could have been used..
  • by mm Location: county on Nov 13, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    ED, there you go again, speaking before you get your brain in gear. How do you know the bus driver was speeding? Were you on the bus? 55 mph was the designated speed limit, and even at 40 or 45, a direct impact on the side of a vehicle that has just pulled out in front of a moving object as large as a bus the outcome is not going to be good. Just pray for the family that lost love ones and be thankful no more lives were taken.
  • by ed on Nov 13, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    I have seen and been at enough wrecks to know... to hit a car hard enough to kill the others the driver had to be going ... the bus drivers like other drivers speed as well and don't pay attention all the time .. if it is a road they know well even less attention is paid.. and if it is a new road and night as it was...drive should have'd adjusted the speed.. we all are at fault with this.....just because your in the right as far as the law goes doesn't mean you have used defensive driving skills as you should have... this is why in many states night time driving the speed is 5 - 10 miles less.....law was bus was in the right the other driver paid the price not following the law... and yes agree you can be careful as anything and still have a accented...
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    The bus driver was *NOT* in any way at fault. I got this directly from officers at the scene. The other vehicle pulled right out into her path. It's unfortunate what happened to the two men, but THAT driver caused this wreck.
  • by Stacy Location: Bailey on Nov 13, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    My heart and prayers go out to the familes of these loved ones and the bus driver and students!
  • by ???? Location: Meridian on Nov 13, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    Did you not read the article?
  • by mm Location: county on Nov 13, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    ED, how could the bus driver have been more careful?? Driving down a major highway, and a vehichle pulls right out in front of you in a rural area???? It was a terrible trajedy but to say the bus driver should have been more careful is INSANE!!
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