Four injured in Birmingham-Southern bus accident

Updated: November 12, 2005, 9:35 PM ET
Associated Press

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Four members of the Birmingham-Southern men's soccer travel party were injured Saturday when their bus had a blowout on the right front tire and crashed into a concrete guardrail on Interstate 85 north of Atlanta.

The bus came to rest on a grassy embankment near an exit ramp to Jimmy Carter Blvd.

A spokesman for the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville said 24 were taken to the emergency room.

Kyle Brogdon said, "The majority declined to be examined by physicians. But 12 were evaluated and four were treated for minor injuries." The school said no one was seriously injured.

The team was returning to Birmingham, Alabama, from the Big South Conference soccer tournament in High Point, North Carolina.

The accident happened about 9:25 a-m and by late afternoon the injured were released from the hospital and returned to the Alabama campus.

Birmingham-Southern athletic director Joe Dean Junior said, "All of us at Birmingham-Southern feel very blessed that the men's soccer team escaped a potential tragic situation with no serious injuries this morning. We're extremely thankful for the excellent job that the driver of the bus, Dexter Card, did, protecting our team from any further harm."

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