Texas officials: 1 killed, 7 hurt in cheerleader bus crash

BIG SPRING, Texas (AP) – Authorities say a woman was killed and seven others were injured when a semitrailer crashed into a bus carrying a group of West Texas high school cheerleaders.

Iraan-Sheffield School District Superintendent Kevin Allen says the bus, which was carrying six cheerleaders and two cheerleader sponsors, was headed home Friday night after a football game when it was hit on Interstate 20 near Big Spring.

Allen says one of the cheerleader sponsors was killed. Authorities identified her as 52-year-old Elizabeth Pope.

The seven others were taken to hospitals in Big Spring and Lubbock. Four had been treated and released by Saturday afternoon.

University Medical Center in Lubbock spokesman Eric Finley says three individuals remained hospitalized – two in critical and one in satisfactory condition.

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