1 dead, multiple people injured in Madison County church bus crash outside Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Authorities say a church bus carrying dozens of people has crashed near Atlanta, killing one person and injuring several others.

Fulton County Police Cpl. Partrena Smith says one person was killed when the Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, crashed Thursday afternoon.

CBS 46 in Atlanta is reporting that there are 21 victims involved in the wreck. One person was trapped in the bus. There has been one confirmed fatality at this time, later identified as Sarah Harmening, 17.

The bus was on its way from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville to Atlanta. The accident involved two passenger vehicles and two church buses.

Victims were taken to six Atlanta-area hospitals. Nine went to Grady Memorial Hospital: 4 critical, 3 fair, and 2 stable Friday evening.

Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, GA took in 6 patients. All 6 were stabilized and released Friday evening.

Three campuses of Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center took in a total of 24 patients. Most were treated and released Friday evening.

Most of the patients at Atlanta Medical Center South, which took in 15 patients, were young adults and their chaperones.

Daniel Jackson, Vice President of Administration, said Atlanta Medical Center provided chaplains to be with the victims and their families. He said the hospitals train and were well prepared to handle the crisis.

Frank Rucker, Finance Administrator at the church, said they are still assessing the situation. They are taking calls from the people on the bus to find out more about who is injured.

Rucker said the bus was on its way to the Atlanta airport for a mission trip to Botswana through the International World Changers organization. The pastor and families of those involved are flying to Atlanta shortly.

He asked for prayers as the church continues to assess the situation.

The Mount Zion Baptist Facebook page also posted about the incident: PRAY! One of the buses with the student ministry mission had an accident on the way to the Atlanta airport. Several serious injuries. Please pray for those injured and parents as they travel to Atlanta.