November 27, 2021

One dead, 11 injured in crash involving Handley school bus

(Talladega County, AL) — One person was killed after a school bus carrying Handley High School and Middle School athletes collided with a vehicle on Interstate 20 in Talladega County Tuesday night.

The driver of the passenger vehicle died in the crash, said Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell. The victim was 31-year-old Amanda Nicole Hubbard of Munford, AL.

According to Handley varsity football coach Larry Strain, the school bus was carrying members of the Handley High School junior varsity football team and the middle school’s seventh and eighth grade teams.

The teams were headed back to Roanoke from a football game in Leeds.

The crash occured around 9:25 PM CST when the Toyota Tacoma Hubbard was driving on I-20 westbound crossed the median and hit the bus, which was traveling eastbound on I-20.

Reports indicate eight student-athletes and three adults on the bus were injured. The students were taken to Children’s Hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the bus was airlifted to UAB Hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. Three adults and 25 students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

Strain said he was sitting at the front of the bus when the crash happened.

“The car came across the median from the other side of the interstate, went airborne and hit the top of the bus,” he said, adding that the car hit the top of the bus near the driver’s side.

( contributed to this report)

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