06 November 2009

grambling state university tiger marching band in arkansas bus crash

two or more buses carrying members of the grambling state university tiger marching band were involved in a traffic crash in dallas county, (fordyce) arkansas friday.

the band was on its way to little rock to support the tigers in their 1:30 pm game saturday against arkansas-pine bluff.

: grambling would go on to lose to arkansas pine bluff 42 - 49.

rory tucker a dispatcher with the dallas county sheriff's office said that the grambling buses were northbound friday afternoon on u.s. 167.

arkansas state police said that six people were hurt and that none of the injuries were thought to be grave. the injured were taken to a hospital in fordyce just south of where the accident occurred. ~ read more

UPDATE: kfsm news-5 ft. smith: A dozen students and a driver where hurt when three buses carrying members of the renowned Grambling State University marching band were involved in a pileup on a highway in southern Arkansas...In all, 126 students were aboard.


UPDATE-2: kark.com: 12 Grambling Students, Driver Hurt in Bus Accident
The accident involving three buses happened between 2:30 and 2:45 this afternoon along Highway 167 north of Fordyce in Dallas County. The injured have been taken to the Dallas County Medical Center.

Brian Miller, Administrator, CEO of Dallas County Medical Center says 13 patients came to the hospital, none with life threatening injuries. He says all but three of them walked in.

All have now been discharged.

A preliminary report from an Arkansas State Police Trooper assigned to the investigation indicates the lead bus had passed over a bridge along the highway; however the second bus slowed, then stopped for a southbound vehicle carrying an oversized load.

As the second bus stopped the third bus collided with the rear of the second bus causing a chain reaction with the fourth bus which struck the third bus.also report that none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Authorities also say the buses were not badly damaged and were driveable after the accident.