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Bus carrying Army Reserve troops overturns in N.C.; 28 hurt

By Joseph Netto, CNN
August 23, 2013 -- Updated 2223 GMT (0623 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: 28 people injured when bus overturns near Mooresville, officials say
  • NEW: Bus was carrying 45 Army Reserve soldiers based in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • NEW: One person airlifted with serious, non-life-threatening injuries
  • The troops were returning from overseas, CNN affiliate WBTV reports

(CNN) -- A bus carrying Army Reserve soldiers overturned Friday afternoon in North Carolina, seriously injuring one person and leaving at least 27 others with minor injuries, the state Public Safety Department said.

The 45 Army Reserve soldiers on the bus were returning from overseas, CNN affiliate WBTV reported.

It was not immediately clear whether all of the 28 injured were Army Reserve soldiers.

The bus was slowing for traffic on state Highway 150 near Mooresville when it slid to the right and ran off the road and came to rest on its side, the public safety department said.

One person was airlifted with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries to Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte. The 27 with minor injuries were taken to three different hospitals, the public safety department said.

The soldiers are with the 991st Transportation Company based in the city of Salisbury, about 20 miles east-northeast of Mooresville, the department said.

The Army Reserve unit was heading from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Salisbury about 50 miles away, CNN affiliate WCNC reported.

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