Yet more students died in the south--this time college athletes in Atlanta. The baseball team from Bluffton University in Ohio was traveling to Florida for a spring break tournament. Its bus plummeted 24 feet off an Interstate overpass in the pre-dawn darkness: four players and two adults were killed. NBC's Mark Potter suggested confusion by the driver, apparently mistaking an off-ramp for I-75's High Occupancy Vehicle lane.
NBC's computer animation department was working overtime. It recreated the path of the storm over the high school in Sanders' tornado story and it depicted the bus plowing through a retaining wall and toppling off the overpass in Potter's. CBS' Randall Pinkston also narrated a bus crash animation. He concurred with the mistaken exit theory, reporting that the bus took the off-ramp "at highway speed." There were no skid marks, noted ABC's Mike von Fremd (subscription required) as he too voiced-over computer graphics, "no sign that the driver tried to stop."
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