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      SUV driver killed after collision with school bus

      The accident occurred near the intersection of Judy School Road and Route Z, about two miles north of I-70.

      UPDATE: Police have released the name of the driver killed in Thursday afternoon's crash involving a school bus.

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Lawrence Ferguson, 67, of Auxvasse, was killed when his car crossed the center line and hit an oncoming Columbia school bus. The school bus' driver, Floyd Fares, and four children on board were hospitalized with minor injuries. Fares and an 8-year-old were treated at University Hospital and have been released. Two 8-year olds, and a 7-year old were taken to MU Women's and Children's Hospital. Officials there declined to comment on their condition.

      ORIGINAL STORY:

      The driver of an SUV was killed and four people on board a Columbia school bus suffered moderate injuries after a head-on collision Thursday afternoon in eastern Boone County.

      The accident occurred near the intersection of Judy School Road and Route Z, about two miles north of I-70.

      According to officials with the Columbia school district and the Boone County Fire Protection District, there were 24 students on board the bus when the collision occurred at about 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

      Three students and the driver of the school bus were transported to hospitals with moderate injuries. The driver of the Ford Explorer was pronounced dead at the scene.

      The ages of the children on the bus ranged from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The bus was southbound on Route Z from Two Mile Prarie school at the time.

      The Columbia school district said it would ensure the remaining children were taken home on another bus.

      The accident is under investigaion by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.