Sunday, April 10, Eyewitness News at 11

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TRAFFIC SLOWS ON INTERSTATE 75 IN DOOLY COUNTY THIS AFTERNOON.
THAT'S AFTER A TOUR BUS CARRYING FIFTY PEOPLE... CRASHES INTO AN OVERPASS.
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M VANESSA RUFFES.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
TWENTY PEOPLE ARE IN THE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING THAT ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE 75 IN DOOLY COUNTY.

GEORGIA STATE PATROL SAYS THE CRASH HAPPENED NEAR MILEMARKER 116... AROUND 3 P-M.
IT INVOLVED A TOUR BUS CARRYING 52 PEOPLE AND TWO OTHER VEHICLES.

G-S-P SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE WHERE THREE LANES CONVERGED INTO TWO.
IT SAYS AN S-U-V MERGED INTO A LANE ... HITTING THE BACK OF A CAR -- SENDING THAT CAR OFF THE ROAD.
THE S-U-V THEN SWERVED BACK INTO THE BUS'S LANE ... CAUSING THE BUS TO DRIVE OFF THE ROAD.
GSP SAYS THE BUS DROVE UP A HILL... HITTING AN OVERPASS BRIDGE.
TONIGHT WE'RE HEARING FROM A PARENT WHOSE DAUGHTER WAS ON THAT BUS...

KIM MABIE "THE KIDS COULDNT MOVE, THE KIDS COULDNT MOVE AT ALL OR THE BUS WAS GOING TO TIP OVER INTO THE ONCOMING TRAFFIC AND IT WAS VERY VERY SCARY FOR THEM, SO IT WAS PRETTY MUCH 20 MINUTES HALF AN HOUR WERE ON THAT BUS."

G-S-P TELL US THE BUS WAS OPERATED BY HARMON BROTHERS CHARTER AND CARRIED A GROUP FROM MILL CREEK HIGH SCHOOL IN BUFORD.
IT SAYS NINETEEN PEOPLE WERE SENT TO AREA HOSPITALS TO BE CHECKED OUT... AND ONE PERSON WAS AIRLIFTED TO THE MEDICAL CENTER.
THE AGENCY IS INVESTIGATING THE CRASH.

IN JONES COUNTY... TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD FOLLOWING AN EARLY MORNING CAR ACCIDENT TODAY.

CORONER JERRY BRIDGES SENIOR SAYS IT HAPPENED AROUND 1 A-M ON NEW CLINTON ROAD... NEAR THE BIBB AND JONES COUNTY LINE.
HE SAYS THE DRIVER JAQUAVISE WARE LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE... CAUSING IT TO FLIP.
HE SAYS WARE AND HIS FEMALE PASSENGER JUANITA WRIGHT WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD ABOUT AN HOUR LATER.

BRIDGES DID NOT HAVE AGES FOR THE TWO VICTIMS BUT SAYS THEY WERE "YOUNG."
HE EXPECTS TO HAVE A TOXICOLOGY REPORT IN TWO TO THREE MONTHS.

AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED A THREE YEAR OLD KILLED IN A DUBLIN CAR ACCIDENT YESTERDAY AS ... OCTAVIOUS WHITFIELD.
THAT INFORMATION IS FROM LAURENS COUNTY CORONER RICHARD STANLEY.

GEORGIA STATE PATROL IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE ACCIDENT... WHICH HAPPENED ON OLD MACON ROAD IN DUBLIN.
TROOPER CHAD HARRISON SAYS IT WAS AROUND 5 OCLOCK... WHEN 20 YEAR OLD RAVEN SYMONE WHITFIELD LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR.
HE SAYS THE CAR WENT OFF THE ROAD INTO A DITCH... AND HIT A TREE.

HARRISON SAYS THERE WERE THREE OTHERS IN THE CAR... INCLUDING THE THREE-YEAR-OLD.
TWO OTHER PASSENGERS -- A 2 YEAR OLD AND 17 YEAR OLD SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.

A FIRE AT A WHEELER COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER FRIDAY LEFT THE OWNERS HOMELESS AND STRUGGLING TO TAKE CARE OF NEARLY 100 DOGS.
TODAY THE ATLANTA HUMANE SOCIETY STEPPED IN TO HELP SOME DOGS FIND A PERMANENT HOME.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS HOW THE FIRE BROUGHT TO LIGHT ANOTHER ISSUE AT THE RESCUE SHELTER.

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FOR TEN YEARS... SOUTHERN COMFORT ANIMAL RESCUE GAVE HOMELESS DOGS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE.
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A FIRE ON FRIDAY CHANGED THAT.
SCOTT BENNETT, CO-OWNER, SOUTHERN COMFORT ANIMAL RESCUE:"I GOT OUT AS MANY ANIMALS AS I COULD. UNFORTUNATELY WE DID LOSE A COUPLE."
SCOTT BENNETT AND TERRI WOLFE RAN THE SHELTER OUT OF THEIR HOME.
AFTER THE BLAZE CHARRED THE KITCHEN AND LEFT THE THEM WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AND WATER... THEY KNEW THEY HAD TO FIND HELP FOR NEARLY 100 DOGS.
SCOTT BENNETT, "OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUR DOGS. AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S REALLY BITTERSWEET KNOWING TOMORROW I WAKE UP, THE DOGS I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH , SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG CHANGE TO WAKE UP AND NOT HAVE ALL MY FRIENDS HERE."
THE ATLANTA HUMANE SOCIETY CAME TO THE RESCUE AND MOVED 53 DOGS TO THEIR SHELTER.
ANDREA PEACOCK, "THE FIRE THAT HAPPENED HERE KIND OF BROUGHT TO LIGHT THE SITUATION. THIS GROUP DEFINITELY HAD MORE ANIMALS THAN WHAT THEY'RE CAPABLE OF HOUSING AT THE MOMENT AND THE FIRE JUST KIND OF MADE THE SITUATION A LITTLE BIT WORSE."
HUMANE SOCIETY STAFF SAYS OVER-CROWDING HAS BECOME A GROWING PROBLEM.
ANDREA PREACOCK, SR. DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ATLANTA HUMANE SOCIETY, "LATELY A LOT OF RESCUES HAVE BEEN GETTING IN OVER THEIR HEAD AND THEY DONT' NECESSARILY HAVE THE FUNDING LIKE WE DO TO BE ABLE TO HELP."
AS THE DOGS ARE LOADED UP FOR ATLANTA... THE FOCUS TURNS TO REBUILDING FOR THE RESCUE OWNERS.
SCOTT BENNETT, "RIGHT NOW WE CAN'T LIVE IN OUR HOME. WE'RE HAVING TO SHUT DOWN OUR RESCUE."
BUT THEY SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED.
SCOTT BENNETT, "SOUTHERN COMFORT WILL BE BACK ONE DAY."
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TWENTY-THREE DOGS ALSO WENT TO THE DUBLIN LAURENS COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPTING ANY OF THESE DOGS.... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE... 13WMAZDOT COM.
SOUTHERN COMFORT WAS THE RESCUE GROUP RALLYING SUPPORT FOR TOOMBS COUNTY DOG "ALICE"... WHO LIVED IN A BOX.

SOME PEOPLE GOT A CHANCE TO RELIVE AN HISTORIC MOMENT IN GEORGIA'S HISTORY.

DOZENS CAME OUT TO GEORGIA'S OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM IN MILLEDGEVILLE TO WITNESS A RE-ENACTMENT OF THE 18-61 SECESSION CONVENTION.
THE PRODUCTION WAS ABOUT 299 DELEGATES WHO MET... IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S ELECTION.
ACTORS RE-ENACTED THE DEBATE OVER WHETHER TO SECEED FROM THE UNION.
PEOPLE AT THE EVENT SAY THEY ENJOYED THE PERFORMANCES... BECAUSE IT SHOWS GEORGIA'S RICH HISTORY.

JUDY JOHNSON, MILLEDGEVILLE: " ITS PART OF OUR LIFE, ITS PART OF OUR HERITAGE, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WENT ON AND WHAT WERE THE THOUGHTS OF THE DAY."
AMY WRIGHT, GEORGIA OLD CAPITAL MUSEUM: "OUR PURPOSE WAS TO GIVE THE AUDIENCE AN IDEA OF HOW PASSIONATE THESE DELEGATES WERE."

THE EVENT WAS SPONSORED BY GEORGIA'S OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM.

NEARLY A HUNDRED PEOPLE ATTENDED A CEREMONY TO HONOR CENTRAL GEORGIA WORKERS KILLED ... DISABLED OR INJURED WHILE ON THE JOB.

THE MEMORIAL TOOK PLACE AT CENTRAL CITY PARK... WHERE PEOPLE CAME TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. SENATOR ROBERT BROWN WAS ONE OF THE SPEAKERS AT THE EVENT.
HE AND ORGANIZERS PLACED A WREATH ON A STONEHEAD DEDICATED TO THE WORKERS.
ORGANIZER HENRY GALLIMORE SAYS HE'S GLAD BOTH LOCAL POLITICAL FIGURES... AND COMMUNITY... CAME OUT TO SUPPORT TO THOSE WHO MADE SACRIFICES FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.

HENRY GALLIMORE, ORGANIZER:" THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES THEY GAVE ULTIMATELY WHATTHEY COULD GIVE THEY GOT UP IN THE MORNING TO GO FORTH TO DO THEIR DAILY DUTIES TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES AND IN THE PROCESS OF ALL OF THAT THEY LOST THIER LIVES AND THIS IS THE LEAST THAT WE COULD DO."
THE EVENT WAS SPONSORED BY THE CENTRAL GEORGIA FEDERATION OF TRADES AND LABOR COUNCIL.

HUNDREDS PULLED OUT THEIR PICNIC BLANKETS AND HEADED DOWNTOWN FOR SECOND SUNDAY BRUNCH IN THE PARK TODAY.
PEOPLE LOUNGED OUT AT WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK WHILE ENJOYING SOME LIVE MUSIC AND GOOD FOOD.
SOME OF THE KIDS SPLASHED AROUND IN THE WATER ... WHILE OTHERS PLAYED GAMES AND MADE CRAFTS.
THEY ALSO GOT A LOOK AT SOME OF VEHICLES FROM THE SOAP BOX DERBY RACE THAT FOLLOWED THE EVENT.
BREANNA BASSETT,ATTENDEE :"I THINK BRINGING STUFF BACK INTO THE DOWNTOWN AREA LIKE THEIR DOING, ITS HELPING BRING BACK THAT HOMETOWN FEEL WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO BE OUTSIDE AND WALK THE STREETS AND ENJOY EACH OTHER."
NADIA OSMAN, COLLEGE HILL ALLIANCE: "IT DOESNT MATTER WHO YOU ARE, IT DOESNT MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE, YOU CAN JUST COME AND ENJOY A WONDERFUL DAY OUTSIDE AND JUST REALLY TAKE A MOMENT AND ENJOY HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS PARK IS."

THE COLLEGE HILL ALLIANCE HOLDS ON THE SECOND SUNDAY EVENT EACH MONTH.
WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON UPCOMING EVENTS AT 13MWAZ DOT COM.

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