Driver killed in Mississippi school bus crash identified

By The Associated Press

VANCLEAVE — Investigators believe excessive speed was a factor in a deadly collision between a Vancleave school bus and another vehicle earlier this week.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said the cause of the crash that killed the driver of the vehicle, 46-year-old Brian Orchard, of Vancleave, remained under investigation.

The Sun Herald reports that seven elementary and middle school students were taken to area hospitals and treated for minor injuries following Thursday’s crash.

School counselors were available Friday for students involved in the incident.

Byrd said Orchard’s 1993 Saturn crossed the road’s center line and collided with the front of the bus.