26 UAB pediatric residents, bus driver involved in Blazer Express bus crash in Winston County

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UPDATE (9/10) : According to UAB the Hospital received 21 patients from the accident scene. Cullman Regional Medical Center received 6 patients from the scene. Four of those patients were examined, treated if necessary, and released. 

The two remaining patients from Cullman Regional were transferred to UAB Friday evening. UAB received a total of 23 patients. 17 of those patients have been examined, treated if necessary and released. According to the hospital the conditions of the remaining 6 patients ranges from good to fair.


WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — 26 UAB pediatric residents and a bus driver were involved in a bus crash Friday in Winston County shortly after noon. As of Saturday, six people remain in the hospital at UAB with conditions ranging from good to serious.

The bus involved was a Blazer Express vehicle operated by First Transit, the university spokesperson confirmed. 

The Winston County Sheriff’s Office says the wreck happened on Valley Drive and Winston County Road in the Emerald Valley Estates neighborhood in Houston. 

On Saturday, UAB said 21 people were taken to UAB from the accident scene, and Cullman Regional Medical Center received six patients. Four were examined and treated if necessary. The two remaining patients at Cullman Regional were transferred to UAB, with 23 total patients seen at UAB. Of those 23, 17 have been examined, treated if necessary, and released. Six people remain in the hospital at UAB with conditions ranging from good to serious.

Troopers say 27 people were on board at the time of the crash, which only involved the bus. 

“The bus traveled down a steep hill, through an intersection, struck a large rock, then a tree,” troopers said. 

UAB spokesperson Alicia Rohan says the residents were returning from a retreat at Camp McDowell. 

The bus driver was a First Transit employee. The company states they are actively investigating and plan to conduct their own investigation. First Transit also reports the driver has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard.

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