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December 3, 2010

17 injured in Vt. bus crash

The Associated Press

PUTNEY, Vt. — Police now say 17 people were injured when a tour bus carrying University of Massachusetts students on a ski trip to Quebec crashed on a Vermont highway.

The bus slid down an Interstate 91 embankment in Putney, Vt., and came to rest on its side Friday afternoon.

The bus that crashed was one of three on a private ski tour. Not all passengers were students.

Police initially said 30 people were injured, three of them critically.

But police later reduced the number of injured to 17, and a spokeswoman cited the chaotic scene as a reason for the discrepancy.

Hospitals say 16 had minor injuries, and one victim, a non-student, was airlifted to a trauma center in New Hampshire.

State police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro says it's not immediately clear how the crash occurred.