Church bus crashes in Atlanta area; several injured

At least one person was killed Thursday when a Huntsville church bus crashed while enroute to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Meanwhile, Mount Zion Baptist posted to its Facebook page that "churches around Atlanta have opened their homes to us and a Chick-fil-A branch has taken food".

The identities of the dead and injured are yet to be released.

Reporters on scene said people were loaded onto stretchers and one person was trapped in the bus.

Police are looking into the cause of the incident. The church said it was carrying adults and high school students in grades 11 and 12.

According to 11alive.com, Grady Memorial Hospital received nine patients. Other hospitals that received patients included Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Center, according to Grady officials.

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Church members said family members of those seriously injured planned late Thursday to travel to Atlanta.

Madison County Commissioner Phil Vandiver's wife and son were on the bus. We know things happen for a reason so we're gonna find the good.

The Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, was headed to the airport for a student ministry mission trip to Africa when it collided with another vehicle on a four-lane road, Fulton County Police Cpl.

"All I know is she's got a head injury, maybe a broken bone or two".

"We need prayers", Vandiver said.

The church spokesperson told WGCL-TV that 42 people were on the bus. Let's also remember the pastors, church leaders, and congregation of Mount Zion Baptist Church as they work to come to terms with this tragic accident. It just pulls at your heart - people who were going to do mission work being in that. "There's just not much you can say".

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