One person died and dozens of others suffered injuries after a charter bus carrying student missionaries from an Alabama church overturned on Thursday just outside of Atlanta.
The crash happened at around 3:30 p.m. along Camp Creek Parkway in Fulton County near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The students were on their way to start a mission trip to Africa.
Aside from one casualty, another person is critical, and 38 others were injured. Some of those wounded include children.
One person was being handled to be cut out of the bus by the responding Fulton County Fire, according to its Fire Chief Larry Few. The condition of the person is not yet available, however.
Three air ambulances along with several Grady EMS ambulances were brought to the area to transport the injured persons. Grady Memorial Hospital has accepted nine patients from the crash. Four were listed as critical, three in fair condition, and two declared in stable condition as of early Thursday evening.
Images from television coverage showed that the charter bus has completely overturned, with portions of it crushed beside a dark-colored sedan.
Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, through a Facebook post confirmed that one of its buses with student ministry mission was involved in a crash while on their way to the airport.
The post said: “PRAY! One of the buses with the student ministry mission had an accident on the way to the Atlanta airport. Several serious injuries. Please pray for those injured and parents as they travel to Atlanta.”
11th and 12th grade students were involved in the crash, along with some adults. The specific reason that caused the unfortunate accident has yet to be established as more information are being gathered.