17- year old girl dies in Georgia bus accident

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UPDATE: 06/11 Sarah Harmening’s funeral is set for Monday, June 12th. Visitation will be from noon until 2:00 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville. She will be bured in the Mount Zion Cementary.

UPDATE: 06/09 The family of 17- year old Sarah Harmening read the last writings of the young girl who was killed in Thursday’s accident. The words were written moments before her death.

The young girl had a quest to find God and spread his words. That was her last testament before she died.

Her mother addressed the press at a news conference held late Thursday night. “We asked to have the opportunity to speak because our daughter Sarah was a gift to us that was given on December 20, 1999. And she loved the Lord with a love that was tangible,” Karen Harmening started. “I hope you will listen to it because it’s what she lived and breathed for.”

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ATLANTA –  Update: 33 people were taken to local hospitals, including Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Officials say nine people are recovering from that crash. Four are in critical condition, three are in fair condition and two are stable.

Officials say a black Mercedes was the other car involved in the crash. Emergency crews are working with local authorities because the children on the bus did not have identification on them. The NTSB was on scene today to begin their investigation.

Original Story: A bus carrying student missionaries from an Alabama church overturned Thursday afternoon, killing one person and injuring a number of others.

Family members of those involved in the crash are being asked to go to AMR Ambulance Services located at 3505 Naturally Fresh Blvd., Suite 360 in College Park.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. along Camp Creek Parkway in south Fulton County, just outside Atlanta. SKYFOX 5 flew over the scene around 4:30 p.m. to find the bus overturned with portions of it crushed. The bus came to rest next to a dark-colored sedan.

Fire officials said one person was killed. There were conflicting reports about the number of injured. A spokesperson said Grady Memorial Hospital was treating nine patients from the crash, including four who were listed in critical condition, three in fair condition, and two stable as of early Thursday evening.

Other patients were taken to Atlanta Medical Center, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, and Atlanta Medical Center South.

Officials said three air ambulances were called to the scene to transport patients along with several ambulances from AMR Ambulance service and Grady EMS.

Family members of those involved in the crash are being asked to go to AMR Ambulance Services located at 3505 Naturally Fresh Blvd., Suite 360 in College Park.

Officials said two other vehicles were involved in the crash, a Mercedes which ended up next to the bus, and another vehicle which ended up in the woods across Camp Creek Parkway from the wreck. The circumstances surrounding the cause of the crash were not immediately clear, but officials said the crash will likely be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Authorities said 38 people were aboard the bus which appears to belong to Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. 


According to the church, the students were headed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to begin a mission trip to Africa.

Source: http://www.fox5atlanta.com

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