A church bus with tens of people has crashed near Atlanta, leaving one victim killed and several others injured, police said.
Fulton County Police Cpl. Partrena Smith said one victim was killed when the Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, crashed Thursday afternoon. She said at least 10 people were injured, including two severely. Fulton County Fire Chief Larry Few stated that 21 people were injured, according to the Associated Press.
Smith said the bus had over thirty people, and they were on their way to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for an Africa trip it collided with another vehicle on a four-lane road. She says the National Transportation Safety Board is carrying out the investigations.
It is not clear how the passengers were injured in the accident. Thursday afternoon. Firetrucks and ambulances headed to the area near Atlanta’s airport. Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, posted on its Facebook page that a church bus with its student ministry mission had had an accident while heading to the airport.
Images from the scene demonstrated the bus was on another vehicle.
Church education minister Terry Slay told WXIA-TV that the 11th- and 12th-graders alongside adults were travelling on the bus. He could not estimate the exact number of passengers on the bus.
The post says there are “several serious injuries” but did not offer further information.
The spokesman for Madison County Schools John Southerland said several Sparkman High School students were injured, some with broken bones. The girl who was killed was not a student in the district, he said.
Madison County Commissioner Phil Vandiver’s wife and son were both travelling on the bus. He says both are safe.
“We know they’re all right, we know we’ve been blessed,” he told reporters outside the church.
Vandiver said he spoke to them after the accident; however, they did not talk much about what happened.
“He was rather shook,” he said of his son. “He just told me him and his mama were fine.”