17 injured in bus crash outside Chattanooga

(Courtesy: WTVC)

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WTVC) – The Cleveland Police Department tells NewsChannel 9 that 17 passengers of a church bus, including the driver, have been taken to Skyridge Hospital after an accident.

The accident happened Friday morning on Interlacklin Circle and Freewill Road.

Cleveland Police Spokeswoman Evie West says the bus was from South Carolina, on an annual mission trip with Ocoee Outreach.

West says the small passenger bus from Barnwell, South Carolina was heading north of Freewill Road when the bus left the roadway and came to a halt upon hitting a drain culvert.

The driver and sixteen juvenile passengers were all injured and transported to SkyRidge Medical Center by EMS, personal vehicles and a SETHRA bus, which assisted during this time of need.

Six of the passengers are being treated and the remaining eleven passengers will be evaluated. The group was in Cleveland, TN on a week-long missions trip.

This is a developing story.

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