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Sixteen Treated After School Bus Collides With Tractor-Trailer Truck

February 14, 1985

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) _ A school bus carrying 18 high school and elementary students collided with a tractor-trailer truck Wednesday, sending 16 young people to a hospital, state troopers said.

The accident occured about 4 p.m. in a rural area near the Florida-Alabama border, troopers said.

The students from schools in Rehobeth and Madrid, in southeast Alabama, were on the bus, said Houston County schools superintendent Louie Sellers.

Eleven students arrived at the hospital’s emergency room aboard two ambulances, said Ed Driggers, a spokesman at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. Another hospital spokesman, Ken Rigsby, said five more students from the bus were brought to the emergency room later by their parents.

Rigsby said that all but one of the students were released Wednesday night after being treated for minor injuries. One was admitted for observation after complaining of abdominal injuries, he said.

Troopers could not immediately say how the accident happened or supply any details about the tractor-trailer truck involved.

Driggers said neither the bus driver nor the truck driver showed up at the hospital’s emergency room for treatment.

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