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1 dead, 43 injured in bus crash in northern Georgia

October 13, 2016 - 12:25 PM

ELLIJAY, Ga. - Authorities say one person has been killed and 43 others were injured in a crash involving a charter bus and tractor-trailer in north Georgia.

The Gilmer County Sheriff's Office said on its website that the crash occurred on Highway 515, about 80 miles north of metro Atlanta, on Thursday morning.

All northbound lanes and one southbound have been shut down.

The Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer was travelling westbound and attempted to make a left turn, but stopped in the northbound lane due to oncoming traffic. The trailer was struck in the left rear by the charter bus heading northbound.

The people injured were taken to local hospitals.

The Marietta, Georgia-based charter bus company called Greatime Getaways was carrying 48 people including the driver.

The husband of a crash survivor told WSB-TV that the bus was headed to a casino in North Carolina. It was not immediately known where the charter bus was coming from.

Ten medical units and a mass casualty unit are also on the scene.

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