BLAIRSVILLE, GA. -- A bus carrying teen-age church campers drove off a mountain road into a ravine yesterday, trapping 27 people inside, authorities said. One teen-ager was reported killed, and several were seriously injured.
The campers, from First Baptist Church of Winter Haven, Fla., were on an outing at a church camp near Toccoa, Ga. Emergency workers said Angela Jones, 14, of Winter Haven, was killed.
The bus went off the steep and twisting Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway and crashed into the ravine, police said. Rescue teams spent more than an hour using emergency equipment to cut the teen-agers free from the wreckage.
The Georgia State Patrol said the brakes on the bus apparently failed on a steep downward slope. Victims -- mostly teen-agers with some adult sponsors -- were sent by ambulances to nearby hospitals and by helicopters to hospitals in Atlanta, about 100 miles south, authorities said.
The Rev. Hugh Kirby of the New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga., said the teen-agers were attending "Life Week" at camp, sponsored by Georgia Baptist Assembly. "They were going to relax today and go to Toccoa River," Kirby said. "They were going to float down the river."