ATLANTA (March 2) – A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio plunged off a highway ramp early Friday and slammed into the pavement below, killing at least six people and scattering sports equipment across the road, authorities said.
The bus, carrying the team from Bluffton University, a Mennonite-affiliated school south of Toledo, toppled off the Northside Drive bridge onto Interstate 75 in clear, pre-dawn weather, police spokesman Joe Cobb said. At least six of the 35 people aboard were killed and others were injured. “It’s bad, I know that,” Cobb said. “It’s hard to describe. The bus is completely annihilated.”
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Tornadoes Leave Path of Destruction
Eight Teens Die in Alabama High School
AOL Wire Services
ENTERPRISE, Ala. (March 2) – A violent storm system that ripped apart an Alabama high school as students hunkered inside later tore through Georgia, hitting a hospital and raising the death toll to at least 20 across the Midwest and Southeast
Eight students were killed when a tornado struck Enterprise High School, blowing out the walls and collapsing part of the roof, Mayor Kenneth Boswell said Friday.
“They were in a one particular wing that took a direct hit,” Boswell said of the victims. Boswell appeared drained as his staff and National Guard crews tried to assess the damage at dawn and search the torn-up neighborhoods for more victims.
“You take it methodically,” Boswell said.
“You prioritize, and you move on.” As the massive storm system swept into Georgia, another tornado apparently touched down near the Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus, 117 miles south of Atlanta, killing at least two people and injuring an undetermined number of others, said Buzz Weiss of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. At least 42 patients were evacuate to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Putney spokeswoman Jackie Ryan said.
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Our thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families.
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