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2 Students Dead in Ala. School Bus Crash

November 20, 2006

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ A school bus carrying more than 30 high school students plummeted 30 feet off an interstate Monday, killing two and injuring at least 23, seven of them critically, authorities said.

The bus ended up below the I-565 overpass, its front end crushed.

``It looks like the bus plunged headfirst,″ police spokesman Wendell Johnson said.

The bus was carrying 34 students, 23 of whom were taken to hospitals, he said.

Seven suffered critical injuries, according to state Department of Education spokeswoman Brooke Thorington. There were conflicting reports on the extent of injuries to the driver.

The bus had left the Huntsville Center for Technology, city schools spokesman Keith Ward said. He said at least two students were killed. Survivors were wrapped in sheets at the scene as they awaited medical help.

``Huntsville has never seen an accident like this,″ Johnson said.

There was no immediate word on what may have caused the crash.

``Right now, we’re just trying to stabilize injuries, save lives and we’ll get more information as it’s available,″ Johnson said.

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