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Church bus crashes in Atlanta area; 1 killed, others injured

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In addition to one fatality, four to five were critically injured, while 10 were said to be "walking wounded".

First responders tend to a female victim from a deadly vehicle-bus collision near Atlanta on Thu., June 8, 2017.

The church group was from the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, police said.

The bus, carrying student missionaries of a church, crashed around 3:30 p.m. local time along Camp Creek Parkway of the city, multiple news outlets cited police sources as saying. Firetrucks and ambulances swarmed the area as traffic came to a standstill on the busy bypass.

At Grady Memorial Hospital downtown, officials there said they are treating four patients in critical condition.

Madison County Commissioner Phil Vandiver's wife and son were on the bus. The church said it was carrying adults and high school students in grades 11 and 12.

Reporters on scene said people were loaded onto stretchers and one person was trapped in the bus.

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11Alive spoke with one couple who said their niece was involved in the wreck and they hurried to the hospital to be by her side. Grady officials say other hospitals in the area - Atlanta Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Center - also received patients but they didn't know how many.

The church posted the following message on Facebook, "PRAY!"

A church bus has crashed in the Atlanta area, leaving several people injured.

"PRAY! One of the buses with the student ministry mission had an accident on the way to the Atlanta airport". "That's all we know right now, we're trying to get more information".

The post says there are "several serious injuries" but did not provide further details. "He was rather shook", he said of his son.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash, he said.

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