1 dead, dozens injured as school bus overturns

Posted on September 6, 2011

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.


Related Topics: fatalities, school bus crash

Comments ( 5 )
  • Suzan Atkins

     | about 6 years ago

    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.

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