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    six killed when charter bus plunges off overpass

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,256025,00.html

    Apparently many more injured. Fox is reporting it as a college baseball team but I heard on another channel it was a little league team. They were on the way to play in a tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,256025,00.html

    Apparently many more injured. Fox is reporting it as a college baseball team but I heard on another channel it was a little league team. They were on the way to play in a tournament.
    It's actually a college baseball team, acoording to local reporting here in Atlanta.

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    Bus Carrying Bluffton University Baseball Team Crashes

    ATLANTA -- At least six people have died after a charter bus fell off an off-ramp and onto Interstate 75 in Atlanta. The parent of a Bluffton University baseball player tells News 11 that the bus carrying the team crashed around 5:30 this morning.

    Bluffton University is just south and west of Findlay, or about 60 miles south and west of Toledo.

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    The parent tells News 11 that the players were on their way to spring training in Florida. There were 33 from the university and 2 drivers on the bus. The parent says the team left at 7:00pm Thursday night.

    The Bluffton University web page says the team was on its way to the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Meyers, Florida. The Bluffton Beavers play their homes games at Sears Field in Bluffton.

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    I saw this on the news this morning. How tragic.

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    Just heard that the coach and at least two of the students are in surgery right now. Twenty-nine people were injured in addition to those killed. This is so sad. Yesterday the tornado hit the school in Alabama, and now this involving young people. My prayers are for all these young people and their families. Also, for anyone else hurt by these events.

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    This happened right up the street from me. Unbelievably sad. I keep wondering how the bus went over the overpass like this but I guess we will know more after they investigate the site. Traffic was literally at a standstill on this main route to downtown Atlanta.

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    I just saw on the news (CNN based in Atlanta) that the bus accidently got on an offramp that is very poorly marked. It was 5:30 am (still dark), he had been driving several hours, and the bus would have had difficulty braking in time for what I understood to be a sharp turn on the ramp (I came in at the middle of the report and was confused about that last bit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypros
    I just saw on the news (CNN based in Atlanta) that the bus accidently got on an offramp that is very poorly marked. It was 5:30 am (still dark), he had been driving several hours, and the bus would have had difficulty braking in time for what I understood to be a sharp turn on the ramp (I came in at the middle of the report and was confused about that last bit).
    I get off that exit almost every day, and I suspect the bus driver thought the HOV Lane was one of those bypass lanes that just keep going, allowing his to bypass traffic into the city. Many of the Atlanta HOV lanes are like that. This one is actually an exit ramp, he needed to stop and turn right or left. From what I understand, he actually tried really hard to turn once he realized what was happening, and the bus was just scraping up against the concrete barrier until the barrier finally gave way, and they went over the side.

    Atlanta has horrible signage, etc. I would not be surprised to see this blamed on the city as much as anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypros
    I just saw on the news (CNN based in Atlanta) that the bus accidently got on an offramp that is very poorly marked. It was 5:30 am (still dark), he had been driving several hours, and the bus would have had difficulty braking in time for what I understood to be a sharp turn on the ramp (I came in at the middle of the report and was confused about that last bit).
    It was an HOV lane at Northside Dr. It is in the middle of northbound and southbound and confusing to us much less anyone who is not familiar with it. I believe he was trying to correct to stay on I 75 south and couldn't in time and causing the bus to be over corrected at the top of the ramp. Fairly short ramp for a bus. Such a sad situation.

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    How incredibly sad. Just a bunch of nice college athletes headed to spring training.

    You just never know when it's going to be your time to go.

    My thought and prayers go out to the players, coaches, their families and friends and everyone else affected by this tragedy.


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    6 dead in bus crash, college team aboard A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio plunged off a highway ramp early Friday and slammed into the pavement below, killing six people, injuring 29 and scattering sports equipment across the road, authorities said.


    The bus, carrying the team from the close-knit, Mennonite-affiliated Bluffton University, toppled off the Northside Drive bridge onto a pickup truck on Interstate 75 shortly before dawn, police spokesman Joe Cobb said.

    "It looked to me like a big slab of concrete falling down," said truck driver Danny Lloyd, 57, of Frostburg, Md. "I didn't recognize it was a bus. I think when I saw the thing coming, I think I closed my eyes and stepped on the gas."

    The impact broke his windshield, pushed his truck into the concrete and wrecked the front bumper, but Lloyd wasn't injured.

    Four students, the bus driver and the bus driver's wife were killed, said police Maj. Calvin Moss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinparten
    I get off that exit almost every day, and I suspect the bus driver thought the HOV Lane was one of those bypass lanes that just keep going, allowing his to bypass traffic into the city. Many of the Atlanta HOV lanes are like that. This one is actually an exit ramp, he needed to stop and turn right or left. From what I understand, he actually tried really hard to turn once he realized what was happening, and the bus was just scraping up against the concrete barrier until the barrier finally gave way, and they went over the side.

    Atlanta has horrible signage, etc. I would not be surprised to see this blamed on the city as much as anyone.

    Now I know that no one will believe this but I pass that ramp each and every day on my drive home and I thought on a couple of occassions that if someone was not paying attention in a motorhome, they would just launch themselves right onto the interstate. Only it happened with a bus.

    It is an hov only exit and it is extremely extremely short, especially for a bus. I would bet that that if he did immediately recognize it, he would have a pretty hard time stopping if he were at full interstate speed.

    This is definitely a case of the driver not being aware but probably the real fault lies with the design. I don't know who is in charge of this crap but they are brain dead.

    For instance, we used to have an on-ramp that came up to the interstate and parallelled it for a long distance. Gave people time to get on in heavy traffic. They redesigned it and now it comes into the interstate at about a 30+ degree angle and there is zero running lane parallel to the interstate. The result? Lots of accidents and interstate traffic stops when anyone is getting on the interstate.

    Idiots in GA DOT!

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    [QUOTE=calus_3]Now I know that no one will believe this but I pass that ramp each and every day on my drive home and I thought on a couple of occassions that if someone was not paying attention in a motorhome, they would just launch themselves right onto the interstate. Only it happened with a bus.

    It is an hov only exit and it is extremely extremely short, especially for a bus. I would bet that that if he did immediately recognize it, he would have a pretty hard time stopping if he were at full interstate speed.

    This is definitely a case of the driver not being aware but probably the real fault lies with the design. I don't know who is in charge of this crap but they are brain dead.

    For instance, we used to have an on-ramp that came up to the interstate and parallelled it for a long distance. Gave people time to get on in heavy traffic. They redesigned it and now it comes into the interstate at about a 30+ degree angle and there is zero running lane parallel to the interstate. The result? Lots of accidents and interstate traffic stops when anyone is getting on the interstate.

    Idiots in GA DOT!

    Cal[/QUOT

    I agree with you completely. Atlanta' DOT is really bad, and even locals get confused, much less people just driving through. I have been in many cities that do a MUCH better job at this, it can be done, with the right people and resources. Atlanta has the money, if we could only stop the corruption.

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    The problem with these HOV exits is that you either have to make the exit to the left, which is obviously confusing to out-of-towners OR you have to make the exit on the right with everyone else, which means that you have to get across 4 or 5 lanes to exit. That is not always easy in Atlanta traffic. I don't think Atlanta is the only city that has these left side exits. IIRC, Miami has some like this as well.

    I think the left exit makes sense, and it has always been clear to me what I'm supposed to do, but I grew up driving here. Maybe my brain is as screwed up as the Atlanta DOT!!

    Lots of people say they have made this same mistake, but in a car you have time to stop and figure it out. Looks like this driver didn't realize until it was way too late. Atlanta media are reporting that there are no skid marks.

    Regardless, it is horrific. I can't imagine the parents getting that phone call.

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    I just heard about this. Such a tragedy.

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