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Bus Carrying Americans Overturns

March 15, 2000

VERDUN, France (AP) _ A bus carrying American military personnel and their families on a day trip from Germany to Paris overturned on a French highway early Wednesday morning, injuring 29 people.

Police said the tour bus was traveling on a highway six miles west of the town of Verdun in northeastern France when it keeled over. Eight of the injured were hospitalized, but none were critically wounded.

The initial investigation suggested that the driver was dozing at the wheel when the bus tipped over at 4:50 a.m. local time, police said.

A statement from Ramstein Air Base in Germany said the bus was carrying 61 passengers on an express tour to Paris. The Americans came from military bases in several German states.

The bus belonged to the Enjoy Tours agency. The agency serves U.S. military communities in Germany, picking up passengers from various bases before heading off on European trips.

The injured suffered severe bruises and other non-life-threatening wounds, doctors said. Three of the eight who were hospitalized were to fly back to Germany later Wednesday or on Thursday morning, police said.

The statement from Ramstein said the passengers who were treated and released by French doctors were expected to arrive back in Germany Wednesday afternoon.

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