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Scranton, PA Chartered Bus Crash, Feb 1981

48 INJURED AS CHARTERED BUS FLIPS.

Scranton, Pa. (AP) -- A chartered bus skidded on an icy highway and flipped three times Monday before landing at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment, injuring the driver and all 47 passengers on a Georgia high school field trip, police said.
The bus was carrying Evans High School French Club from Augusta on the return trip from Montreal when it crashed about 1:30 a.m., authorities said. Ten passengers were hospitalized with fractures, bruises and other injuries.
The passengers and the unidentified driver were taken to four Scranton area hospitals, where most were treated for cuts and bruises and released, according to hospital spokespersons.
"It just felt like we were riding a ride somewhere,"
said BETH JACKSON, 15, of Augusta, Ga., one of six students waiting for the arrival of the school principal after being treated and released at Community Medical Center. "It was like an amusement park where you're spinning around a lot."
"All of a sudden it (the bus) just started rolling. I thought I was dreaming at first," said BEA KAY POWELL, 16, also of Augusta, Ga.
According to state police at Dunmore, the chartered bus containing 41 members of the French club and six chaperones was returning to Augusta, Ga., on Interstate 81 when the crash occurred 10 miles north of the northeastern Pennsylvania city.
Police said the driver told them he was cut off by a pickup truck that passed the bus. The driver braked, but the bus skidded on the icy road surface, striking a guard rail, flipping over and eventually landing 70 feet from the highway at the bottom of the embankment, police said.

Post-Standard New York 1981-02-10

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