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September 06, 2011  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

1 dead, dozens injured as school bus overturns


COFFEEVILLE, Ala. — A high school student was killed when a school bus returning from a football game on Friday night was struck by a car and overturned.

Alabama state police said that a Nissan Maxima failed to yield at a stop sign in Coffeeville around midnight and collided with the bus, which rolled onto its roof.

Authorities said that 15-year-old Otties Brewer III of Silas died in the crash. About 30 other occupants of the bus and the car were injured and taken to hospitals; all were reportedly later released.

The bus was carrying members of the Southern Choctaw High School football team after a game at Flomaton High School. At the time of the crash, the bus was being escorted by a state trooper and a Choctaw County sheriff’s deputy.

Southern Choctaw head coach Jeremy Noland told the Press-Register that Brewer was the team manager.

State troopers said in a press release that they “continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this crash.”

Photos of the accident scene can be viewed here.


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Using a police escort, may have contributed to the crash, it may have allowed the driver to drive less defensivly and possibly at a higher rate of speed.

Suzan Atkins    |    Sep 09, 2011 10:43 AM

I am director in Carter County in Ky. i fear this may happen to any of us any night so lets all pray together that more people will pay more attetion to buses this may be yours or a family member on board.

Terry Maggard    |    Sep 07, 2011 11:08 AM

Why was the bus being escorted by police officers?

Brian Sutherland    |    Sep 07, 2011 10:25 AM

My heart goes out to the folks in Alabama. It is a terrible day when a student dies in a school bus accident.

Diana Hollander    |    Sep 07, 2011 07:52 AM

Please keep us updated on this wreck. If I read this preliminary correctly, the bus had a police escort? Sad.

Dan Luttrell, Bedford, IN    |    Sep 07, 2011 06:35 AM

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