At least 6 people killed in crash of charter bus carrying Bluffton University baseball team
BLADE STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
ATLANTA - At least six people have been killed and 10 seriously injured after a charter bus crashed this morning in Atlanta involving the Bluffton University baseball team, police said.
The bus, owned by Executive Coach, based in Lancaster, Pa., had exited I-75 near downtown Atlanta about 5:45 a.m. today when the driver apparently lost control on the exit ramp overpass. The bus crashed through a railing and landed on its side on I-75 below, police said.
A total of 35 people were believed to be aboard the bus, including 33 baseball players and coaches with the Bluffton University team and two rotating drivers with the bus company, police said. Bluffton University competes in NCAA Division III.
Some of those killed were pronounced dead at the scene, while others died at nearby Piedmont Hospital, where many of the injured were taken, police said.
The team was reportedly en route to spring baseball games in Fort Myers, Fla., when the accident occurred. The accident has created major rush-hour traffic problems this morning for Atlanta police.
A spokeswomen for the Bluffton University athletics department said that the department could not comment at this time.
Bluffton University, a liberal arts school, is located about 60 miles southwest of Toledo. The university is on spring break until March 11. The school has 1,150 students and is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA.
According to the Bluffton University Web page, the baseball team was scheduled to play in the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.