Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Church bus crashes in Atlanta area; several injured

One person was killed and at least 21 were injured on Thursday when a bus chartered by a church youth group overturned on a major road southwest of Atlanta, Georgia, local media reported. Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., posted on its Facebook page that one of its buses with its student ministry mission was involved in a crash while traveling to the airport.

The identities of the dead and injured are yet to be released.

Images from the scene showed the white bus tilted over and debris on the road.

Police are looking into the cause of the incident.

Three air ambulances were brought in to transport patients along with several Grady EMS ambulances, according to FOX 5 Atlanta. Most of the 15 patients at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South in East Point have been reunited with their families, officials said.

The church posted on its Facebook page that there are "several serious injuries" but did not provide further details.

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One of those church members is Madison County Commissioner Phil Vandiver.

"Life changes so rapidly on us, you know?" "He just told me him and his mama were fine". "We just want to keep those other family members that have more serious injuries, want to keep those in our prayers and keep those remembered".

Mount Zion will remain open all night, if needed, as a place for those affected by the wreck to pray together, Vandiver added.

Police are on the scene of a crash involving a church bus and a vehicle in south Fulton County, Georgia. "It's heartwarming to have that; it's bad to be in a situation where you need it". The trip has been canceled and survivors were returning home, he said Thursday afternoon.

"PRAY! One of the buses with the student ministry mission had an accident on the way to the Atlanta airport".

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