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UAPB Vesper Choir Involved in Bus Accident

4 people treated and released.

RANTOUL, IL-- A spokesperson for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has confirmed that the Vesper Choir has been involved in a bus accident.

It happened at 1:26 Saturday afternoon in Rantoul, Illinois.

Illinois State Police say the driver fell asleep at the time and drifted into the median. The bus was carrying 53 passengers.

Four people, including choir director Dr. Michael Bates, were transported to Carle and Provena Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The students are on a nine-day spring concert tour to Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit.

The choir is expected to perform Sunday as planned.

Police say the driver is identified as 74-year-old Bennie Askew of Grenada, Mississippi.

State troopers say the driver was charged with improper lane usage and driving while fatigued.

The vehicle is a white 2001 Motor Coach Bus of Starlight Tours from Lexington, Mississippi.



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