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1 Killed, 46 Hurt in Tenn. Bus Crash

August 19, 2001

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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) _ A Greyhound bus driver lost control on a highway Sunday, causing the bus to overturn. One passenger was killed and 46 others, including the driver, were injured.

The bus was traveling eastbound on Interstate 24 when it drifted from the right lane to the left lane and hit a median, said Department of Safety spokeswoman Dana Keeton. When the bus started to slide on wet grass, the driver overcorrected to get back on the road and flipped the bus on its right side.

``The bus actually spun around and overturned,″ she said.

The man who died was thrown from the bus and trapped underneath it, Keeton said. His name was not released.

The driver was injured, but not critically.

The bus, which originated from Kansas City, left at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, said Lynn Brown, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Greyhound.

It arrived at 12:15 a.m. in St. Louis, where the driver involved in the accident was picked up. He was to take the bus to Nashville where another driver would make the trip to Atlanta, Brown said.

The bus was scheduled to arrive in Nashville at 7:30 a.m., but was running about 30 minutes behind schedule, she said.

The cause of the 8 a.m. accident, about 30 miles north of Nashville, was under investigation.

Skid marks and paint scrapes show the bus skidded about 100 yards until it hit an overpass embankment. The bus door was ripped off its hinges and found about 75 yards from where the bus stopped. All the windows on its right side were broken. Suitcases and clothes littered the crash scene.

Thirteen of the most critically injured were taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Hospital in Nashville, spokesman Jerry Jones said. All were expected to survive.

The other injured passengers were taken to seven hospitals.

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