HORRY COUNTY, SC (WWBT/WMBF) - Three people are still hospitalized after a church bus from Richmond crashed in Horry County, South Carolina, on Friday afternoon.
Horry Fire and Rescue says there were 17 total people involved in the crash, which also involved two other vehicles.
WMBF in Myrtle Beach says the bus was from Ridge Baptist Church in Henrico County.
A pastor at the church says the bus was carrying 11 teens and two adults.
Horry County Fire Lt. Mark Nugent said one of the children and one of the adults on the bus were among the three who were critically injured. The third was from another one of the vehicles.
One girl was pinned under the bus, but she remained conscious.
According to WMBF, the bus overturned in the area of Green Sea Road and W. Highway 9 Bypass.
The pastor said the bus was headed back from Sea Salt Summer Camp, a trip teens have taken for seven years.
Madeline Cates works for the church. She says once you step inside the sacred halls, you become family.
"We are a family here. Everyone gets along. We get to know each others names and personalities and everything," said Cates.
Camp leader Bill Cox says it's an important reminder just how precious life is.
"I'm sure when these parents get with their children, they will probably hug them a little bit tighter," said Cox.
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