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Students Injured in Bus Crash

April 29, 1998

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A bus carrying elementary school students returning from an anti-drug abuse program was struck by a tractor-trailer Wednesday.

Sixteen students and a teacher were taken to area hospitals. Most of the injuries were minor.

Lt. Tomi Cops of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the bus was having some transmission problems and had slowed to about 5 mph on Interstate 44. The truck behind the bus tried to switch lanes to avoid it but struck it in the rear.

Cynthia Reid, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public Schools, said the teacher and a student who were in the rear of the vehicle were the most seriously injured, though she didn’t have specific details.

Ms. Reid said the students were returning from a field trip for a DARE program when the accident occurred.

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