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Tour bus crash kills driver, about 30 injured in South Carolina

A driver was killed and about 30 passengers injured in a tour bus crash in South Carolina. The bus ran off a highway and into trees Monday.

One person was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of the crash on Interstate 26, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Robert Beres said.

About 30 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment with mostly minor injuries, officials said.

The bus, operated by 5-Star Transportation out of Bonneau, South Carolina, was headed from St. Stephen to Miami, Beres said.

"It was a freak accident, we don't know what happened," Charlie Hill, a co-owner of the bus company, told WIS-TV in Columbia.

An autopsy was scheduled Monday for the 58-year-old driver, said Perida Moultrie, deputy coroner for Dorchester County.

The wreck happened just after 1 a.m. on a rural stretch of the highway. No other vehicles were involved, Beres said. The wreck closed the highway for about four hours, but all lanes were open to traffic by 6 a.m., Beres said.

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