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Murray Co. bus crash sends 17 to hospital

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A bus full of student campers crashed in Murray County Wednesday night sending 17 people to the hospital.

What began as a normal day at Global Youth Ministry Camp Fort Mountain nearly ended in tragedy.

A group of campers and supervisors was heading back to their dorms, when the bus driver some how lost control and crashed into these trees. Camp officials said it could have been a lot worse.

"The trees caught the bus and kept it from going on over, so we are very grateful for those trees," said Roger Glidewell, Global Youth Ministry Executive Director.

The bus could have gone down the embankment and hit the road below. Still,  police said 17 out of the 24 passengers went to local hospitals. Most of the victims were kids ages 12 and older. None of them had any serious injuries.

"They were banged up and a little scared," Glidewell said.

Georgia State Patrol said one adult in the front seat was ejected through the windshield. Glidewell said that victim wasn't critically hurt.

All the students were back at camp by Thursday evening.

"We're really proud of them actually. There were some of the older boys that were particularly really good, calming down the younger kids. I was really proud of them," he said.

Global Youth Ministry officials weren't driving the bus. It was operated by someone from the First Baptist Church of St. Charles, which is out of St. Charles, Missouri. All the passengers were from there as well.

Global Youth Ministry leaders said it was the worst incident that ever happened in their camp's history.

"We're just grateful we didn't have more injuries, and obviously we're praying for some pretty precious people who are still in the hospital right now," Glidewell said.

The conditions of the three victims remaining in the hospital aren't known at this time, but camp officials say they aren't listed in critical condition.

Georgia State Patrol said the accident is under investigation. They said the rainy weather likely played a factor in the crash, and they're trying to figure out how fast that bus was going.

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