According to reports, 54-year-old Deborah Bopp of Blairsville was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7:15 am.
The bus was slowing to pick up a 17-year-old student on Route 22 when the coal truck struck it from behind. The force of the impact forced the school bus into a concrete median.
Firefighters extracted the coal truck driver from his vehicle and he was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital. Fortunately, there were no students aboard the bus at the time of the accident.
The accident remains under investigation.