St. Joseph high school student struck and killed by school bus

ST. JOSEPH, Missouri - A St. Joseph School District student died Monday when he was hit by a school bus, district officials said.

The student, identified as 16-year-old Mason Adams, was struck by the bus just before 7:30 a.m. on St. Joseph Avenue near the Grand Avenue intersection.

Mason was a junior at Lafayette High School, about three-tenths of a mile from where he was hit.  He was an only child, an honor roll student, a baseball player and baseball card collector. 

According to St. Joseph Police, Adams was struck while crossing St. Joseph Avenue from east to west. The First Student bus was headed westbound on Grand Avenue and turning southbound onto St. Joseph.

In a live interview on NBC Action News Midday on Monday, St. Joe Police commander Jim Connors said both had a green light and Mason was alone as he walked in the crosswalk. Watch his entire interview by clicking on the attached video player.

Adams was transported to Heartland Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the school bus immediately went for drug and alcohol testing, which a spokesman with First Student said is standard procedure in any accident. The driver is suspended until the investigation is complete. Another driver will be brought in to complete the driver’s routes Monday afternoon.

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