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Updated: March 2, 2007, 11:14 AM ET[/align]Bus carrying team from Bluffton University crashes[/align]
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ATLANTA -- A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio plunged off an interstate ramp early Friday and slammed into the highway below, killing six people, injuring 29 and scattering sports equipment across the road, authorities said.

At least three people were listed in critical condition.

The bus, carrying the team from Bluffton University, a Mennonite-affiliated school south of Toledo, toppled off the Northside Drive bridge on Interstate 75 in clear, pre-dawn weather, police spokesman Joe Cobb said.

It crashed onto a pickup truck.

"When I saw the thing coming, I think I closed my eyes and stepped on the gas," said Danny Lloyd, who was driving the truck and escaped uninjured. "It looked to me like a big slab of concrete falling down."

The impact broke his windshield, pushed his truck into the concrete and wrecked the front bumper, said, Lloyd, 57, of Frostburg, Md.

Firefighters pulled people through the roof of the bus, which was on its side. Sports equipment was scattered along the interstate. Some of the luggage scattered on the road was labeled Bluffton University Baseball, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

At Bluffton University's campus, clergy organized a campus gathering to give students a venue to express their feelings about the crash, said Pastor Steve Yoder with the First Mennonite Church. Students and residents of the community wiped tears from their eyes as they came in, and the gym was quiet with people talking muffled voices.

Nineteen male students were being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital, said Dr. Leon Haley. Three were in critical condition, and all but two students were awake and talking, he said. Doctors were checking them for broken bones, he said.

"All things considered they are pretty calm," Haley said. "They are very aware of what's going on.

He said the driver was not taken to Grady. Three injured people were taken to Piedmont Hospital and seven to Atlanta Medical Center, Haley said.

Piedmont hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis said the team's coach, James Grandey, 29, was in serious condition and expected to improve.

Officials at the three hospitals said 28 of the 29 people being treated were of college age. The age of one injured person, at Piedmont, could not immediately be determined, they said.

"This is a profound and tragic day in the life of Bluffton University," school President James
Harder told reporters Friday morning in Ohio.

Classes were canceled, and the school called off other sports trips that had planned during next week's spring break, Harder said. He said he had no details on the identities of those killed and injured.

"This is deeply impacting all of our students, faculty and staff. We know these people on a first-name basis," he said. "For now we're pulling together and supporting each other as best we can."

On campus, students and residents of the community filled the school's basketball gym to grieve together and learn more about what had happened. Some wiped away tears as they came in. The university, with about 1,150 students 50 miles south of Toledo, is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA.

The baseball team had been scheduled to play its first game of the season in Sarasota, Fla., Saturday against Eastern Mennonite College of Harrisonburg, Va., and it had eight more games scheduled in Fort Myers, Fla.

Cobb said the bus was traveling southbound on I-75. He said the bus driver may not have planned to exit the interstate, and may have mistaken a car pool exit ramp for the regular car pool lane that continues down the interstate.

Witnesses told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the bus, which exited at the Northside Drive HOV exit, appeared to lose control, crossed Northside at an angle and crashed through the bridge barrier.

When the bus went off the bridge, it landed in the southbound lanes of the interstate, blocking all four lanes. Five fire trucks and at least three dozen firefighters were at the scene.

There was blood on the overpass near where the bus went over.

When the bus was righted, it was clear that all the windows on the driver's side had been shattered, and there was considerable damage on the front of bus and on the roof above driver's seat.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Mike Morris was returning from another assignment when he came across the accident minutes after it happened. He wrote a first-person account for the newspaper's Web site about what he saw and experienced.

"As I ran up to the bus, young men, who appeared to be in their late teens and early 20s, began to climb out of the rooftop hatch, which was only a couple of feet from the pavement since the bus had landed on its side," Morris wrote on the newspaper's Web site.

As Morris and other motorists tried to help, "Some of the injured collapsed in the roadway, while others were able to walk to the wall. Almost all were covered with blood," he wrote in his account.

"I asked one young man where they were from, and he said they were a baseball team from Ohio, heading to Florida," Morris wrote. "Then, he said, 'I'm freezing. Can you find me a blanket?'"

The charter company, Executive Coach Luxury Travel Inc., of Ottawa in northwest Ohio, did not immediately return telephone or e-mail messages.

On campus, assistant football coach Steve Rogers said he was working out in the weight room with members of the football team around 6 a.m. when they saw news of the bus crash on television. He said when they saw the markings on the side of the bus, "That's when reality hit everybody."

They recognized the bus company as one all the school's sports teams may have used, he said.

"Everybody was in shock. Nobody what to say or what to feel," he said.

His players started calling friends they knew on the baseball team, trying to reach some by cell phone. The campus, with 1,150 students, is small enough that everyone will know someone who was on the bus, Rogers said.

"It hits home harder than it would if it had happened at a bigger school. Everybody knows each other," he said.

The worst part is waiting to find out who was injured and who was killed, Rogers said.

"It's going to rock the school for awhile," Katie Barrington said Friday morning at the university bookstore.

At a chapel service the night before, students a had offered a prayer for their sports teams and other students to travel safely over spring break, said Barrington, a junior from Brooklyn Heights, Ohio.

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Scary thing is, me and Playball2004 play for a school a similar size - where everyone knows eachother. We leave for Arkansas and Arizona in a few weeks and now I can't help but think as to what would happen if this happened to us....
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cncsion
sounds horrible, i heard on cnn that it seems the driver didn't try to stop or swerve or anything.
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Horrible, my thoughts and prayers are with them today.
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rodey
I was watching CNN a lot this morning for some reason and it sounds like sort of an odd situation.

About an hour before the accident they switched drivers. Apparently the driver thought the left lane was an HOV lane and it turned out to be an exit. How are you not aware that something is an exit? From the aerial shots they showed, it looked pretty clear to me. Shouldn't it be a give away when you start an incline that it's not an HOV lane?
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I was watching CNN a lot this morning for some reason and it sounds like sort of an odd situation.

About an hour before the accident they switched drivers. Apparently the driver thought the left lane was an HOV lane and it turned out to be an exit. How are you not aware that something is an exit? From the aerial shots they showed, it looked pretty clear to me. Shouldn't it be a give away when you start an incline that it's not an HOV lane?

it was at night, which isn't like an excuse but can add to it.
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I was watching CNN a lot this morning for some reason and it sounds like sort of an odd situation.

About an hour before the accident they switched drivers. Apparently the driver thought the left lane was an HOV lane and it turned out to be an exit. How are you not aware that something is an exit? From the aerial shots they showed, it looked pretty clear to me. Shouldn't it be a give away when you start an incline that it's not an HOV lane?

it was at night, which isn't like an excuse but can add to it.



I thought it was at like 5:30 AM?
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ORIGINAL: Rodey

I was watching CNN a lot this morning for some reason and it sounds like sort of an odd situation.

About an hour before the accident they switched drivers. Apparently the driver thought the left lane was an HOV lane and it turned out to be an exit. How are you not aware that something is an exit? From the aerial shots they showed, it looked pretty clear to me. Shouldn't it be a give away when you start an incline that it's not an HOV lane?
no, you have never gone up while people exit on the right and go lower?

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I was watching CNN a lot this morning for some reason and it sounds like sort of an odd situation.

About an hour before the accident they switched drivers. Apparently the driver thought the left lane was an HOV lane and it turned out to be an exit. How are you not aware that something is an exit? From the aerial shots they showed, it looked pretty clear to me. Shouldn't it be a give away when you start an incline that it's not an HOV lane?

it was at night, which isn't like an excuse but can add to it.



I thought it was at like 5:30 AM?

yeah, it's still pretty dark than, sunrise is atlanta isn't until 7:00 so it's still pretty dark at 530.
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yeah very tragic accident, my thoughts go out to this university and team members involved.
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I was watching CNN a lot this morning for some reason and it sounds like sort of an odd situation.

About an hour before the accident they switched drivers. Apparently the driver thought the left lane was an HOV lane and it turned out to be an exit. How are you not aware that something is an exit? From the aerial shots they showed, it looked pretty clear to me. Shouldn't it be a give away when you start an incline that it's not an HOV lane?
no, you have never gone up while people exit on the right and go lower?



What?

The exit was on the left and it went up. How could it have gone down? They went up onto a bridge.
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ORIGINAL: Rodey

I was watching CNN a lot this morning for some reason and it sounds like sort of an odd situation.

About an hour before the accident they switched drivers. Apparently the driver thought the left lane was an HOV lane and it turned out to be an exit. How are you not aware that something is an exit? From the aerial shots they showed, it looked pretty clear to me. Shouldn't it be a give away when you start an incline that it's not an HOV lane?
no, you have never gone up while people exit on the right and go lower?



What?

The exit was on the left and it went up. How could it have gone down? They went up onto a bridge.
read i what i wrote again. just because it was an ncine doesn't make it a dead give away for being an exit lane

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My thoughts and prayers go to all the people affected by this horriable accident.
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ORIGINAL: Rodey

I was watching CNN a lot this morning for some reason and it sounds like sort of an odd situation.

About an hour before the accident they switched drivers. Apparently the driver thought the left lane was an HOV lane and it turned out to be an exit. How are you not aware that something is an exit? From the aerial shots they showed, it looked pretty clear to me. Shouldn't it be a give away when you start an incline that it's not an HOV lane?
no, you have never gone up while people exit on the right and go lower?



What?

The exit was on the left and it went up. How could it have gone down? They went up onto a bridge.
read i what i wrote again. just because it was an ncine doesn't make it a dead give away for being an exit lane



To me it does. When you're going on an incline and notice you're going up and the rest of the interstate is not, it should be a dead give away. Also, how did he not see the stoplights/stop sign ahead, I don't know, it just seems weird. How you can be that unaware of what you're doing on a roadway is beyond me.
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rodey
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If the driver was unfamiliar with the road, which seems like what happened, it would be very easy to miss the sign/light. Accidents happen all of the time because people aren't familiar with their surroundings.


How do you miss a stoplight? You can see them from a mile away.
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