Update: No Severe Injuries In Bus Crash

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 02/09 2014 11:43PM

Updated 02/09 2014 11:44PM

CENTERVILLE, BEDFORD COUNTY - It was a scary situation with a pretty fortunate ending after a tour bus loses control and crashes on a snowy highway.
Officials say 35 people were on the bus when the crash happened.
The group was traveling from Altoona to Rocky Gap Casino in Maryland when it lost control and flipped on its side along Route 220 in Centerville, Bedford County.
Of the 35 people on board, 29 of them were taken to local hospitals. UPMC Bedford says 14 people were taken there, but only 10 were treated and fortunately all of them have already been released. According to a hospital spokesperson at Western Maryland Health System, 15 people were taken there and all of those injuries are also considered minor. Officials are still investigating what exactly caused the crash, but the snowy conditions made it a struggle for first responders early on.
"Kinda chaotic. We were right in the middle of an S turn on top of a hill with little or no visibility on either side and we had a pretty tough time establishing traffic control so that we could control the scene," Cumberland Valley Fire Chief Mark Grapes says.
Grapes says two ambulances did bump after sliding in the snowy conditions, but no damage was done.  Freedom Excursions out of Altoona owns the tour bus. WTAJ reached out to them for comment but our messages were not returned.

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