Charter bus overturns while taking deaf students home; 18 injured

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COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – A bus carrying deaf students home for the weekend crashed off Interstate 70 Friday afternoon. The accident scene is in Montgomery County near Danville, Missouri.

Around 1:30pm, the charter bus was exiting I-70 at the 170 mile marker Danville exit and somehow flipped on its side in a grassy area next to an outer road near the highway. The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.

Students and adults were on board when the accident occurred. University Hospital in Columbia says 18 patients were brought to them, 15 students between the ages of 10 and 18, and three adults. By 7:00pm Friday, all but five of the students had been released with non life-threatening injuries. Hospital officials say most of the injuries were broken bones, cuts and missing teeth.

The students had been attending a summer program at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton. They were heading home for the weekend. The students are from St. Louis, St. Charles, Arnold, Cape Girardeau and Sikeston.

Hospital officials stated 15 interpreters have been at the hospital all afternoon to help the students. All parents have also been notified.

The charter bus is operated by White Knight Coaches.

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