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Omaha-based A Christmas Carol tour cut short after bus accident

Posted at 11:02 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 00:06:30-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Tuesday night, a bus transporting cast and crew for Nebraska Theatre Caravan's annual tour of A Christmas Carol overturned near Waterville, ME.

While no major injuries were sustained, the accident has resulted in the cancellation of the remaining dates of the national tour.

Thirty-five people ages 11 to 49 were on board.

The Associated Press reports that the bus drifted off the right side of the road, overturned on its passenger side and came to a rest down an embankment.

Maine State Police says the driver fell asleep.

Four passengers--three women and a man in their 20's and 30's--were taken to hospitals. The other passengers and driver were transported to a motel in Waterville.

Charles Barry, 65, of Omaha was cited by troopers for failing to maintain control of the bus, the Associated Press says.

The group was traveling to Orono, Maine from Schenectady, New York to perform.

A statement from Nebraska Theatre Caravan's Facebook page says the bus was owned and operated by Arrow Stage Lines.

Read their statements on the accident below.