Bus driver, 8 kids injured in bus wreck

January 24, 2008 8:06:24 AM PST
A church busy carrying nearly a dozen children ran off a rural highway and overturned, injuring nine people, officials said Thursday. The bus crashed into a tree as it ran off the highway in Pickens County, located in the northwest part of the state, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth said. He said there was fog in the area but didn't know if that contributed to the crash.

"We were riding down the road and I felt a little bump and all of a sudden, the lights went out and we started rolling and the windows started busting," 10-year-old Austin Moore told WYFF-TV. "Everybody started screaming and flying around bus."

One child was in critical condition, and another was listed as serious at Greenville Memorial Hospital following the Wednesday night crash, spokeswoman Karen Gecewich said. The bus driver and two other students were also taken to that hospital but were either in fair condition or had been released, she said.

It was not immediately clear where the other children were taken.

The bus was taking the children home after a service at Lakeview Baptist Church. A woman who answered the phone there referred calls to the preacher, who was not in Thursday morning.

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