Friday, March 02, 2007

Bluffton University Baseball Team in Bus Crash [J. Mark English]

Tragic news out of Atlanta today where the Bluffton University baseball team's bus crashed due to inclement weather:


A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio plunged off a highway ramp in Atlanta early Friday and slammed into the southbound lanes of I-75 below. Six people -- the driver, his wife, and four students -- were killed and 29 others on the bus were injured. Three of the survivors underwent surgery and were listed in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital (Related Video: Video From the Scene).

Sports equipment was scattered across the road and debris from the bus was crumpled on the overpass above it. "There's a huge debris field. There is lots of debris in the roadway and, of course, the bus itself is on its side in the middle of the interstate," DOT spokesman Mark McKinnon told 11Alive News.

11Alive News has confirmed that one of the baseball players -- Tim Kay -- is from the North Fulton County area of Alpharetta. His condition is not known, 11Alive's Elaine Reyes reported.

The bus was carrying the team from Bluffton University. A university spokeswoman, Jill Duling, confirmed the bus that crashed was carrying the team, but said she could not provide any other information. The school canceled Friday classes and its president held a news conference late Friday morning. The team was scheduled to play in Fort Myers, Fla., this weekend.

Nineteen students were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Three other injured people were taken to Piedmont Hospital, and seven were taken to Atlanta Medical Center. Officials at the three hospitals said 28 of the 29 were college age, and the age of the other injured person could not immediately be determined.

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