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Hospital: 81 people treated after Wednesday afternoon bus wreck in Athens

Published: Dec. 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM CST|Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM CDT
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Athens ISD is still working with the Athens Police Department to determine what caused the crash.
Athens ISD is still working with the Athens Police Department to determine what caused the crash.

ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - More information has been released about the students injured in an accident involving two Athens Independent School District buses on Wednesday afternoon.

According to East Texas Medical Center-Athens director Sherri Miller, the hospital treated 79 students and two adults following the wreck. Most of the injuries involved bloody noses, bumps, bruises and some fractures.

The emergency room at the hospital has 25 beds, so an overflow facility was set up in hallways. Extra staff members were also called in when the incident occurred.

Athens ISD sent in teachers to help monitor and supervise students until parents arrived to pick them up.

All 81 patients were discharged within four hours; the last student was released just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses say bus 14 hit bus 13 on Palestine Street in Athens before going off the road and hitting three empty cars sitting in the parking lot of Eastern Texas Pathology Labs. Bus 14 then traveled out of that parking area and down the road roughly 500 more feet before coming to a rest.

Athens ISD is still working with the Athens Police Department to determine what caused the crash.

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