One person was killed and at least two were injured when a church bus carrying almost 40 people was involved in a crash with several other vehicles, Atlanta officials said. In addition to one fatality, four to five were critically injured, while 10 were said to be "walking wounded".

WSBAuthorities render assistance to injured people in an overturned church bus, June 8, 2017, in Atlanta.

The Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, was headed to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for a flight to South Africa, officials said.

Meanwhile, Mount Zion Baptist posted to its Facebook page that "churches around Atlanta have opened their homes to us and a Chick-fil-A branch has taken food". Two people are in critical condition.

The wife and son of Madison County Commission Phil Vandiver were among about 40 people who were on the bus.

There were 38 people on board when the bus was involved in an accident with a vehicle carrying two people, Smith said. Madison County Schools spokesman John Southerland said several Sparkman High School students were hurt, some with broken bones. Forty-people people were on the bus when the accident occurred, the TV station reported.

11Alive spoke with one couple who said their niece was involved in the wreck and they hurried to the hospital to be by her side. "Several serious injuries. Please pray for those injured and parents as they travel to Atlanta". "Couldn't get much information, but him and his mama were fine", Vandiver said. Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, posted on its Facebook page that a bus with its student ministry mission crashed while traveling to the airport.

The scene of a charter bus crash west of Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, June 8, 2017.


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