Philander Smith students in wreck | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Philander Smith students in wreck

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM

A charter bus taking 38 people from Little Rock to a conference for black Methodists in Jacksonville, Fla., ran off the road and overturned near Hollandale, Miss., about 11:30 p.m. last night, the Washington County (Miss.) sheriff's office said.

The group included 10 students and a staff member from Philander Smith College, Dr. Walter Kimbrough, the college president, said. They returned to campus this afternoon and told Kimbrough that the bus overturned several times and some passengers were thrown out. "They were very fortunate," Kimbrough said. He said though some suffered cuts, bruises and sprains, no one on the bus required hospitalization.

Kimbrough didn't know the circumstances of the accident. A sheriff's office spokesman who'd seen the report taken last night said the driver apparently was aiming to take Highway 12, a frequently used link to reach southbound U.S. 49, through Hollandale, but he turned on the secondary Murphy Road. He said unfamiliarity with the road may have contributed to the accident.

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