By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
BALDWYN – A blown tire is to blame in a church bus accident that hospitalized six passengers on Sunday.
A tire blew on an Oakland Baptist Church bus, causing it to overturn, said Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Ray Hall. Six passengers were taken to the hospital, including three children and a teenager. A 7-year-old child has been taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis with a severely injured arm. A 2-year-old child is being kept at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for observation.
Hall said the other injured passengers, who were treated at NMMC, were a 10-year-old, a 16-year-old and two adults.
The accident took place at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 45 and County Road 6011 in Prentiss County. The bus was traveling south on Highway 45.
Hall could not release the names of the victims.
The bus was carrying members of an adult soccer team with the church’s Hispanic ministry who were on their way to a match in Hamilton, Ala., according to the Associated Press.
Jeff Robbins, a member of the church’s transportation committee, told the AP that a rear tire on the van blew out.
“The van looks bad. It’s a miracle that no one was killed,” he said.
Robbins drove the unhurt players back to Corinth, where Oakland Baptist Church is based.
He said the injured children all were girls.