GRAY SUMMIT, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - Update - 11:40 Two people have been confirmed dead, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. The parent of a student on board a wrecked school bus says the bus in front of his slammed into a car and a tractor trailer. The students are from St. James High school and are members of the band. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says they believe there is one fatality and are still working the accident. Several students have been transported to area hospitals. Pictures from SkyFOX show at least seven children being taken away on stretchers. Other students have been put on a charter bus. It happened just before 10:30 a.m. on Interstate 44 and Highway 100 near Gray Summit. The children were reportedly heading to Six Flags. The band's website says this is their annual trip to Six Flags.
Two school buses are reportedly involved. One of the buses involved was carrying around 50 children. One patient had to be airlifted from the scene to St. John's Mercy Medical Center. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 are closed. There is about a two-mile backup.