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No charges filed in NC girls’ volleyball team bus crash

September 5, 2019

MOORESBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Highway Patrol says no charges will be filed against the driver of a bus that plunged 30 feet (9 meters) down a wooded embankment, injuring high school volleyball players onboard.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Master Trooper Muricio Stephens said in a Tuesday email that investigators couldn’t determine if the crash was caused by a mechanical defect or by the driver.

The bus was carrying a high school girls’ volleyball team back from a match Aug. 26 when it crashed near Coxes Creek Mountain. Photos from the scene showed the bus lodged in a wooded area, punctured by tree limbs. News outlets reported 14 people were transported to hospitals with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, including one who was air-lifted.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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