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Investigators: Huntsville Bus Driver Ejected by Impact

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Investigators say they believe the driver of a school bus that plunged from an overpass was hurled through the bus doors and onto the roadway by the force of impact when it hit the concrete railing.

But police said today that Anthony Scott, who was found
critically injured on the overpass, remains hospitalized and unable
to recount what happened when his bus was hit by a car and careened over the I-565 overpass.

Four teenage girls were killed in the wreck and one student remained hospitalized in serious condition this afternoon.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Gary Van Etten said a Toyota Celica being driven by a Lee student may have had "a mechanical problem" which caused him to lose control and hit the bus.

The 17-year-old's name has not been released and Huntsville Police Chief Rex Reynolds said officers are investigating "documented threats" against the teen.

Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Ann Roy Moore said security has been increased at the school since the crash.

She plans to present the three seniors who died in the crash with posthumous diplomas at the school's graduation in May.

Classes at the tech center resumed today after being canceled following the crash and students are being bused there using a route that doesn't include I-565.

Moore said students are still allowed to drive their own cars, but parents might now be required to sign permission slips for them to do so and for other students to ride with friends who drive.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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