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4 Dead, 42 Injured in Charter Bus Crash

According to WCNC, four people were killed and forty-two were injured after a bus carrying a junior college football team crashed on their way to the game in North Carolina.

Scheduled to Play Program’s First Football Game

Out of Rock Hill, South Carolina, the Ramah Juco Academy football team was traveling to play their inaugural football game versus the University of God’s Chosen Disciples in Fayetteville, North Carolina, when their bus blew a front-left tire.

The bus traveled out of control and veered into the median, hitting an overpass column and ripping the driver’s side of the bus open, according to Reuters.

The four deceased included the driver of the bus, Brian Andre Kirkpatrick, 43, Devonte Gibson, 21, Tito Hamilton, 19, and Darice Hicks, an 8-year-old from Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Forty-two were transported to the hospital with injuries ranging from minor to critical, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol. As of Sunday night, many were still being treated at hospitals for critical injuries, according to WCNC.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA),

  • 32,675 people were killed in crashes on roadways in 2014.
  • The estimated number of people injured on the roads was 2.34 million.
  • Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on United States’ roadways.

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