Bluffton coach hurt in crash in fair condition

Updated: April 11, 2007, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A student coach for an Ohio college who barely survived a deadly bus crash over a month ago has been upgraded to fair condition, hospital officials said Wednesday.

Tim Berta, 22, suffered brain injuries March 2 when a bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team plowed off an overpass onto Interstate 75 in Atlanta. Berta has been at Grady Memorial Hospital since then, slowly recovering.

He is the only one still hospitalized. After the wreck, 29 people were hospitalized, seven in serious or critical condition, including coach James Grandey.

Five players, the bus driver and the driver's wife died in the crash as the team headed toward Florida for a tournament. Investigators say the driver apparently mistook an exit ramp for a highway lane.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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