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High school football team’s bus overturns

A bus carrying 25 high school football players to a game overturned Thursday near Dallas, sending a dozen people to hospitals, officials said.
A Royse City school bus is shown after it was pulled upright in rural Collin County, Texas, on Thursday night.
A Royse City school bus is shown after it was pulled upright in rural Collin County, Texas, on Thursday night.Lm Otero / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

A bus carrying 25 high school football players to a game overturned Thursday in suburban Dallas, sending a dozen people to hospitals, officials said.

Television footage showed at least eight players, in their uniforms, lying on the ground and being treated shortly after the accident. Ambulances and helicopters carried the injured to hospitals in Rowlett and Dallas.

Royse City Superintendent Mike Harris said everyone had been able to walk off the bus. He said he thought the helicopter transfers were precautionary.

A coach was driving when the wreck happened on a two-lane road without a shoulder.

James R. Willis, 36, told authorities he was rounding a curve when he felt the back wheels lose traction, said Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, which was investigating.

The accident happened in rural Collin County, northeast of Dallas.