Bus crash kills one in youth group

The Associated PressJuly 13, 2009 

A bus carrying a church youth group from Louisiana to Georgia flipped Sunday on Interstate 20 in Mississippi, killing one person and injuring 23 others, a coroner said.

The bus, from First Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., rolled three times around 10:20 a.m. near Meridian and trapped at least two people underneath, Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler III said.

"It had a blowout," Cobler said.

A group of National Guard soldiers helped extricate the injured. "The National Guardsmen actually picked the bus up off the two people and got them out," Cobler said.

An 18-year-old male was pronounced dead at a hospital, Cobler said. His name was not released.

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