updated 3/14/2007 10:07:16 PM ET 2007-03-15T02:07:16

A chartered bus carrying hotel employees rolled into a highway ditch Wednesday, injuring 32 people, after the driver reached for a map, authorities said.

The driver took a wrong turn onto U.S. 49 and headed south instead of north toward Jackson, said Staff Sgt. James Snyder of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The driver realized his mistake about five miles after making the turn.

"That's when the driver actually reached down to look at the map and dropped it, according to his own statements," Snyder said. "He reached over to get it and lost control of the bus."

No charges were expected against the driver, Snyder said.

The bus was one of two charters taking Jamaican immigrants who worked for a hotel chain from Tallahassee, Fla., to Jackson, Snyder said. They were scheduled to take another bus from Jackson to St. Louis.

None of their injuries was considered life-threatening, Snyder said.

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