Student Dies on School Bus

3-30-05 - RIPLEY, Okla. (AP) A 16-year-old Ripley High School student and a Cushing man are dead and three people are hospitalized with injuries after a pickup truck crashed into a Ripley school bus in Payne County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Sandra Deann Combs of Agra and 57-year-old Carl Edward Tarver of Cushing were killed in the crash just after 4 yesterday afternoon.

Bus passenger Halli McKintire, bus driver Jimmie Sue Blose and a passenger in Tarver's truck -- Linda Tarver -- are all reported in stable condition this morning at area hospitals.

Trooper Steve Burrows says the bus was eastbound on a county road when it failed to yield to the northbound truck on State Highway 18 south of Ripley in southern Payne County.

The Ripley school district has about 300 elementary and 125 high school students.