[size=12pt]Six killed in Bluffton Univ. bus crash[/size]
Posted: Friday March 2, 2007 8:08AM; Updated: Friday March 2, 2007 8:39AM

ATLANTA -- A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio plunged off a highway ramp early Friday and slammed into the pavement below, killing at least six people and scattering sports equipment across the road, authorities said.

The bus carrying the team from Bluffton University, a Mennonite-affiliated school south of Toledo, toppled off the Northside Drive bridge onto Interstate 75, police spokesman Joe Cobb said.

At least six of the 35 people aboard were killed and others were injured.

"It's bad, I know that," he said. "It's hard to describe. The bus is completely annihilated."

Robin Bowlus, a college spokeswoman, said she couldn't confirm whether the bus was the one that left Bluffton at 7 p.m. on Thursday but she hasn't been able to reach anyone who had been on the team bus by cell phone.