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Buckeye volleyball team involved in accident on team bus trip

NEEDLES, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol says a bus carrying dozens of students has been involved in a crash with a big rig near the Arizona border, trapping the bus driver and injuring a handful of youngsters.

CHP Officer Joseph Medina says the collision was reported shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday on State Route 95 near Needles.

Medina says the bus was carrying students from Buckeye Union High School to a volleyball match at Mohave High School in Bullhead City, which was scheduled for Thursday night. Both teams are the same 4A conference that Prescott and Bradshaw Mountain high schools play in.

CHP reports the bus was stopped at a construction zone when the truck struck it from behind and pushed it into another semi.

Medina says there were 30 students and three coaches on board, five of which were injured, one transported from the scene by helicopter and four others by ambulance, according to CHP.

The bus driver was briefly trapped but quickly freed.

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