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17 Injured When Mission-Trip Bus Runs Off Tennessee Road

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:17:08-04

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials said more than a dozen people were injured when a small bus carrying 16 youths on a mission trip ran off a Tennessee road and stopped in a ditch.

Cleveland Police Department spokeswoman Evie West said the accident happened about 8:45 a.m. Friday. She said the driver and 16 youths ranging in age from about 11 to 17 were taken to a hospital. Some were taken by ambulance and some by bus. West said no one appeared to be seriously injured.

SkyRidge Medical Center spokeswoman Andrea Lockerby said the hospital was treating 15 patients with varying degrees of injury. She declined to be more specific.

The bus was from Hagood Avenue Baptist Church in Barnwell, South Carolina. Calls to the church Friday morning rang unanswered. 

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