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1 dead, 66 hurt in Kentucky bus crash

| Monday, June 25, 2007

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- A bus returning from a family reunion crashed on an interstate in southern Kentucky early today, killing one person and injuring 66 others, officials said.

Four people suffered critical injuries, said Randy Fathbruckner, director of emergency medical services at The Medical Center in Bowling Green.

The bus had been rented by a family returning to Alabama from a reunion in Buffalo, N.Y., said Clarence Williams, president of C & R Tours.

Warren County Coroner Kevin Kirby said the crash happened about 4:20 a.m. EDT. Children's luggage was scattered around the bus, which was crushed in the front against a concrete overpass abutment.

The bus crashed near the 42-mile marker on Interstate 65, about 75 miles north of Nashville, Tenn., Kentucky State Police dispatcher Daniel Priddy said. What caused it wasn't clear; authorities did not immediately release other details.

Ambulances and medical helicopters responded to the scene.

The injured were taken to various hospitals. Two adults and two children were flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Fathbruckner said. Fifty-two of the injuries were considered urgent and 10 were considered minor, Fathbruckner said.

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