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Archive for Saturday, August 24, 1996

TEEN KILLED IN CAR-BUS CRASH

August 24, 1996

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Despite reports of rain, slick roads did not appear to have caused a Friday morning car-bus collision that claimed the life of a Linwood area student and injured nine others.

A Basehor-Linwood High School junior was killed and another student severely injured early Friday morning after a head-on collision with a school bus on Kansas Highway 32 near Linwood.

Callie Lane, 17, Linwood, the only passenger in the car that struck a middle school bus, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 7:30 a.m.

She was the only passenger in the 1985 four-door Buick driven by Greg Eckhoff, 16, Bonner Springs, a junior at Basehor-Linwood. Eckhoff was taken by helicopter to Kansas University Medical Center, where he was listed Friday night in serious condition.

One passenger on the bus, Jody Flood, a Linwood middle school student, was also taken to KUMC, where she was listed Friday night in good condition and was awaiting dismissal.

Seven of the other 35 students on the bus were taken to either Providence-St. Margaret's Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., or St. John's Hospital in Leavenworth for treatment. All were treated and released.

The driver of the bus, Mary Larison, Tonganoxie, suffered a possible back injury but was not transported by ambulance, highway patrol reports said.

Trooper John Eichkorn of the Kansas Highway Patrol said slick roads did not contribute to the collision. Rainfall began after the accident, he said.

According to highway patrol reports, the 1995 Thomas bus was heading west on Highway 32 near its intersection with Leavenworth County Road 2. Eckhoff was heading east on Highway 32 and stopped at the same intersection.

Eckhoff made a left turn onto County Road 2, pulling in front of the bus, Trooper John Eichkorn said.

The driver braked, but the bus hit the car's right side, spinning the car around and throwing it into a ditch on the south side of road.

Lane was wearing a seat belt. It was not known if Eckhoff was wearing a seat belt, Eichkorn said.

The highway patrol is investigating the accident and conducting a safety inspection of the bus, Eichkorn said. The speed of the bus at the time of the accident was unknown, pending the highway patrol's investigation.

Basehor-Linwood High school principal Don Swartz said students were very emotional after school officials made the announcement of Lane's death Friday morning. Counselors were stationed in the library, and students were in and out all day, he said.

"Things are going as well as can be expected," he said.

Sheila Rodenbaugh, Lane's math teacher for the past two years, said Lane was a dedicated student who would often come in before and after school to perfect her work. Lane was a member of the school's math club.

"She was a very conscientious student, very polite, very quiet," Rodenbaugh said. "She was just a good person."

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