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Church Bus Headed to Lexington Area Crashes

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A bus carrying a church youth group
from Tennessee collided with a tractor trailer and a passenger car
Monday on Interstate 65, leaving several people injured and closing
a section of the road, police said.

The passengers on the bus ranged in age from 8 to their early
teens, Kentucky State Police said. Northbound I-65 was closed near
mile marker 13, south of Bowling Green.

State police said that none of the injuries required hospital
treatment, and that the children would be taken to Living Hope
Baptist Church in Bowling Green, about 60 miles north of Nashville,
Tenn.

The children were part of a youth group from First Baptist
Church in the Nashville suburb of Smyrna, Tenn., church
administrator Nathaniel Hale said.

Hale said he was not aware of any injuries among those on the
bus.

The bus was traveling to the Lexington suburb of Georgetown for
a weeklong church camp at Georgetown College, Hale said.

"Everybody is perfectly fine, and we're figuring out
arrangements on getting them to camp," Hale said.

The church used a charter bus for the trip and did not own the
vehicle, Hale said. The operator of the bus, Smyrna Motorcoach,
didn't immediately respond to a call seeking comment Monday.

The bus crash is the second in less than a month in
south-central Kentucky. A tour bus crashed on June 25 when a driver
apparently began to doze and ran off the road.

Two people were killed and 64 injured when the bus struck an
overpass on I-65 north of Bowling Green.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-07-09-07 1557EDT


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