Heroic Response Prevents Tragedy: University of South Carolina Students Survive Mississippi Charter Bus Crash

CNN  —  At least 11 people - including 10 University of South Carolina students and a bus driver - were injured when a charter bus crashed in southern Mississippi Friday afternoon on the way to New Orleans for a fraternity formal, according to the university. “The University of South Carolina was informed tonight of an

**In a harrowing turn of events,** at least 11 individuals, comprising 10 **University of South Carolina** students and a bus driver, sustained injuries during a **charter bus crash** in southern Mississippi. The group was en route to New Orleans for a fraternity formal on Friday afternoon, a statement from the university revealed. 😱

The **University of South Carolina** disclosed, ”An accident in Mississippi involving a charter bus ferrying USC fraternity members and their guests to New Orleans came to our attention tonight,” acknowledging the severity of the incident. 🚑

With 56 students onboard, the crash occurred around 3 p.m. on **Interstate 10** in Hancock County, as per the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s news release. Ambulances transported nine students to a local hospital, while critical conditions necessitated the airlift of the bus driver and another student. 🏥

A tire blowout led to the driver losing control, Bay St. Louis Police Chief Toby Schwartz explained to CNN affiliate WLOX. ”The driver, with every ounce of energy, strived to maintain the steering wheel straight,” he recounted, praising her efforts. 🚍

The scene following an incident involving a charter bus on I-10 westbound past Highway 603 in Hancock County.Mississippi Highway Patrol

During the incident, the bus dangerously tilted, lifting one side off the ground before slamming down, resulting in the driver’s ejection through the shattered front windshield, Schwartz detailed. 🚨

The bus continued, ”out of control,” for half a mile on the interstate, according to Schwartz. In a **heroic action**, a student managed to grab the wheel, regaining control and safely stopping the bus. 👏

”Thanks to the bus driver and the students’ quick actions, we thankfully report no fatalities,” Schwartz expressed, highlighting the collective bravery. 🙏

The **Mississippi Highway Patrol** is diligently investigating the crash, ensuring a thorough review of the circumstances. 🔍

”USC is in close contact with local authorities to monitor our students’ situation and offer our support. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this accident,” the university shared, extending their heartfelt concern. ❤️