Tuesday 17 October 2017

One killed as church bus carrying high school students overturns

The aftermath of the church bus crash in Atlanta (WSB-TV/AP)
The aftermath of the church bus crash in Atlanta (WSB-TV/AP)

A church bus carrying dozens of high school students and adults has crashed near Atlanta, killing one person and injuring several others, authorities said.

The Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, was heading to the airport for a student ministry mission trip to Africa when it collided with another vehicle on a four-lane road, Fulton County Police Corporal Partrena Smith said.

Officers said at least 10 people were hurt, including two critically, while Fulton County Fire Chief Larry Few said 21 were hurt.

Cpl Smith said there were two people in the car involved in the crash, but she was not sure of their conditions.

Images from the scene showed the bus on its roof and a car underneath it. The road was completely closed and fire engines and ambulances swarmed the area near Atlanta's airport.

Church education minister Terry Slay told WXIA-TV that the bus was carrying 11th and 12th-graders, along with adults. The church asked people for prayers on its Facebook page.

Cpl Smith said the National Transportation Safety Board is handling the investigation.


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