BOONE COUNTY, Mo. – The Harrisburg School District will not be in session today, to mourn the loss of a teacher and support the four girls injured in a bus crash in Boone County Thursday.

Staff for Life’s New Helicopter

History teacher and coach, Brian T. Simpson, 37, was the driver of an eastbound bus, headed to a cross country track meet in Moberly, around 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Simpson was killed when a westbound pickup operated by Clark resident, Brandon Brill, 26, crossed the center line and hit the bus head on.

The collision occurred on Route F, just West of the intersection with North Everett Carr Road. The impact caused both vehicles to overturn and the bus caught on fire.

Simpson died at the scene, Brill was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries and four students were transported to Columbia, two with serious injuries.

The Harrisburg Superintendent released the following statement:

District Alert

September 28, 2017 5:04 pm

Dear Harrisburg School Community,

It is with a very heavy heart that I am informing you that a bus carrying our cross country team was involved in a serious accident this afternoon that resulted in the death of Brian Simpson, a beloved history teacher and coach. The accident also resulted in injuries to several of the student athletes.  We are all shocked and saddened by these events.

We need our staff, parents and community to know that our first priority is to tend to the well-being of Mr. Simpson’s family and our students.

School will not be in session tomorrow as we will work together to support the Simpson family, as well as the needs of our students and staff. We will have additional counselors at the schools tomorrow who will be available to support any student or staff member as needed.  We will also continue to provide counseling next week.

At this time we do not have all the details of the situation, so we cannot address specifics.

We have made contact with the families of all those on the bus.   We have also had the opportunity to meet with district staff to let them know of the situation.

Please join us in keeping all of those involved in the accident in your thoughts and prayers.


Steve Combs