School Tech Bus goes off overpass in Hsv, AL

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  1. AngieM2

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    I just have to post this, probably doesn't mean a lot to most,

    but I'm watching a tiny tv coverage of where a bus of Tech Students went off an overpass about an hour ago. Nose down then flipped apparently.
    All the emergency vehicles, both major hospitals and still some of the teenagers around, but some of the stretchers seemed to have some fully covered students.

    No news as to what caused it. This is not a ramp area.

    For those who know I-565, the bus came down on Church Street from the above overpass.

    The parents are being told to go to the hospital's cafeterias to check on their children.

    Wow.
    No known reason, or thought of why/how come this bus jumpped off the overpass. Probably 35 transported by ambulance and a few walking wounded...

    Please send prayers, good wishes , or whatever for these families.

    Angie
     
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    How awful. :Bawling: Said a prayer.
     

  3. Melissa

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    Hope the kids are all OK, let us know if you hear anything else.
     
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  5. AngieM2

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    Two students dead confirmed via police. No news on the driver.

    I've read on another site that has some people here, that a student in a car behind the bus, saw a small car cut infront of the bus and it swerved to miss it. The front of the bus is a long nosed bus, and it's smashed in as it hit there first.

    I'll let you know if the car cutting it off is reported ....

    23 students transported
    11 walking wounded

    other sources are saying 4 students dead... it's a mess.

    Unconfirmed that the bus driver may be alive, but not for sure yet....

    Angie
     
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    Latest info.....4 confirmed dead. No road conditions caused this but possibly someone cut off the bus and caused it to go through the concrete railing of the overpass.
     
  7. Melissa

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    That is too bad, makes you really hurt for their families...
     
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    HNN saying 2 dead,sketchy reports only....

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    Bus doesnt look that bad,Im thinking seat belts could have been helpful.

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  11. AngieM2

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    Most of the children didn't have id's on them. Still waiting to id 2 of them.

    The governor called to see if they needed anything at hospital, doc's and em.tech's have come in to help

    This has put the city's emergency plan into action. Police, hospital etc practice these things from time to time.

    35 minutes to have everyone from scene to hospital due to having a plan in place...

    Angie
     
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    Ohh wow, thats so sad.. I hate hearing stuff like this..
     
  13. AngieM2

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    Police info officer has confirmed that a small compact car either side swiped the bus or hit it ,,,,, calling it a hit and run.

    This is from witness that was in a seperate compact car that was behind it.
    The witness car has some damage.

    Lots of different stories, but all include a small compact car that was instrumental in this accident. I'd hate to be that person...if they figure they caused this they must be feeling dreadful,,,,,

    Angie
     
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    The 2 deaths were at site, but now a 3rd young lady is dead at the hospital.......

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    Just saw the front of bus,pretty bad.

    terrible situation.

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    This is so terrible. Sending prayers for the families and the person in the compact car
     
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    Now the police are saying the compact car on the overpass is the only other car involved in this accident, and that a student of the same school was a driver.

    No information about them.

    NTSB is coming down to investigate.

    Angie
     
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    How is the driver,that cab looked mighty bad.

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    Driver is alive and talking to the police. Some are saying that it was a slow enough fall that the driver somehow came out of the bus before it hit.

    Not a lot about the driver, but a lot of questions about the driver.

    Angie
     
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    I'm a school bus driver so this hits pretty close to home. Take a good look at the bus. The nose is caved in but the body is intact. That's because those things are reinforced all over, with steel beams down the sides and 14 roll cages in the roof. Your children are as safe as we can make it, but tragedies do happen.
    In school bus driver school. we are taught to hit obstacles. They would hide other employees around town and when we passed, they would throw a soccar ball at us. If we swerved, we failed. If we hit it, we passed. It is so hard to overcome that instinct to avoid an obstacle. My heart goes out to the families, tonight. They are living my nightmares.