Katherine Shackelford and Kelly McEnnis-Mullenix set for arraignment in fatal bus collision

9:43 AM, Sep 21, 2011   |    comments
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Union, Missouri (KSDK)--  Two school bus drivers involved in a double fatal collision along Interstate 44 more than a year ago were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of careless and imprudent driving connected to the accident last August.

Neither defendant appeared in court today; both were represented by their attorneys, and rescheduled for a December hearing before Judge David Hoven.

76 year old Katherine Shackelford of St. James and 29 year old Kelly McEnnis-Mullenix were both issued a criminal summons on the charge on the one year anniversary of the crash last month.

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports say Shackelford was the driver of a bus that crashed into the rear of a pick-up truck.  Patrol reports indicated Shackelford was 'inattentive' when her loaded school bus slammed into the back on the stationary pick-up which was stopped due to a previous accident.

The momentum of the collision forced the idle pick-up truck into an immobile tractor trailer unit in front of the pick-up.

A second school bus; driven by McEnnis-Mullenix was following behind the Shackelford bus and slammed into the back of the first bus.

Daniel Schatz, 19, of Sullivan, was the driver of the pick-up truck and was killed in the crash.  Jessica Brinker, 15, of St. James, was a passenger on the Shackelford bus and was also killed. 

More than four dozen other students on the two buses were treated for injuries ranging in severity, although most were relatively minor.

The school students were en-route to a St. Louis County amusement park for an annual trip involving the school's band members.

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