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updated 11/18/2010 11:22:11 AM ET 2010-11-18T16:22:11

Missouri authorities say the driver of an SUV that drove head-on into a school bus with children on board Thursday morning has died, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Al Nothum, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, confirmed the driver's death, the Post-Dispatch reported. Nothum said police were trying to contact family members before releasing the driver's identity, according to the newspaper.

One adult and five children were on the bus at the time of the crash and reportedly escaped serious injury, NBC News reported.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Highway FF, five miles from the elementary school where the bus was heading, according to KSDK.com, an NBC News affiliate in St. Louis.

Scott Barthelmass of the Eureka Fire Department said the SUV driver appeared to be on the wrong side of the road when it slammed into the bus and burst into flames. The SUV driver was trapped inside, he said.

Dawne Johnson told the St. Louis newspaper she and her 8-year-old son were waiting for the bus when she heard the crash. She saw the fiery wreckage.

"People were running around looking for anyone with a fire extinguisher," Johnson told the Post-Dispatch. "Several guys were trying to pry open the driver door to the SUV. The whole front of his vehicle was totally smashed, the front of the bus was totally smashed."

The bus was on its way to Geggie Elementary School in the Rockwood School District.

Check back for more details on this developing story. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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