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A church group's weekend trip went horribly wrong when their crashed.
One of those involved looks back.
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And, a local professor trains an electronic eye on other head-on collisions.
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Tonight in sports, catcher Javy Lopez leaves the teepee for the bird sanctuary, Ryan Newman grabs some postseason hardware, and
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Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford weighs in on the Hokies.
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A beautiful Monday will lead to an increase in clouds on Tuesday and we do have a chance for a few rain showers. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 is next.
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One of the survivors of yesterday's fatal bus crash in Henry County gives a first-hand account, as police try to figure out what happened.
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.

[Bus-Crash]


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One person died, and eight others were injured when a church bus collided head-on with a car on Route-57 just west of Martinsville. [***BUS ACCIDENT IN MONITOR***]
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Myranda Stephens spoke with one of the survivors today and joins us now with more. Shannon, Karen Compton is the captain of the Freedom Baptist Church BASSETT bus,
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which picks up kids around the area each Sunday to bring them to church. Compton says the group was on its way back home from the Sunday morning Christmas service, when their lives were literally turned upside down.
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[RUNS12] ((127 EVERYBODY WAS EXCITED WE HAD JUST GOTTEN FINISHED LISTENING TO THE CATATA AND THE PLAY AND WE'VE GOTTEN BACK ON THE BUS EVERYBODY WAS EXCITED 39 THE KIDS WERE EXCITED 142)) But Compton says their excitement suddenly turned into fear, when a car coming the opposite direction headed straight toward their bus. The two vehicles collided head-on, sending the bus tumbling about 70-feet down an embankment.
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[runs09] ((I HEAR SCREAMING AND HOLLERING, OH MY BACK HURTS, OH AND THEY'RE CRYING AND SCREAMING 407)) The bus landed within feet from Luther McMillen's house. McMillen says he was watching television when he heard a heard a noise.
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[runs11] ((it was kind of a pop... so i looked that way ... before i saw the bus.)) All eight passengers of the bus were taken to nearby hospitals and are expected to recover. The driver of the car, however, 21-year-old Telisa Ann Hunt of Henry died instantly. State police says it appears Hunt was driving on the wrong side of the road for several feet before she crashed, but they're still trying to find out why.))
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According to relatives, Hunt was NOT on any type of medication or had any illness that may have affected her driving.


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Shannon, investigators say they did find a cell phone and ... in her car, but say it's too early to determine if either of those things played a role in the crash.


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A Virginia Tech professor hopes to prevent more accidents like yesterday's bus crash.
He's in the middle of a two year study in Montgomery County involving a road with frequent head on collisions.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa has that part of the story.
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((It has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous roads in Montgomery County.

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((ANTOINE HOBEIKA: THE MEDIA AND THE COMMUNITY CALLS IT THE DEATH ROAD)) [RUNS:03]
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NATS CARS AT ANGLE 2:21:45:00
12-thousand cars travel this 5-mile stretch of Peppers Ferry Road each day.
NATS CARS-NEED....
It's been the scene of 12-deaths and 29-injuries in the last 6-years... A major reason you now see these cameras on the telephone poles.

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((ANTOINE HOBEIKA:THE PROBLEMS'S HERE THIS CREST CURVE UP HERE PEOPLE WOULD NOT SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE OTHER SIDE AND SO PEOPLE WOULD TRY TO VIOLATE AND THEN SUDDENLY THEY MEET ANOTHER VEHICLE HEAD ON.)) [RUNS:11]
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Virginia Tech Professor Antoine Hobeika is trying to keep people from passing cars in this section of Pepper's Ferry. When a car tries to cross the yellow line, the camera detects it and lights begin to flash, warning them not to pass.

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((RACHEL DEPOMPA:RESEARCHERS SAY THEY CATCH ABOUT 2-3 VIOLATORS A DAY AND MOST OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE GOING ABOUT 10-MILES OVER THE SPEED LIMIT WHEN THEY DECIDE TO PASS.)) [RUNS:07]
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((ANTOINE HOBEIKA: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE RESEARCHERS AT TECH OR ANYWHERE ELSE REALLY TAKE THE RESEARCH TO THE STREET AND HELP COMMUNITIES TO SOLVE SOME OF THE REAL WORLD PROBLEMS.)) [RUNS:11]
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The cameras aren't being used to ticket people, though that may be in the future. Hobeika will soon ask V-DOT for permission to add another camera to record license plate numbers and get information on those who frequently try to "pass by" the law. Rachel DePompa, News 7, Montgomery county.))

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A dump truck wrecked in Franklin County this afternoon, leaving one person dead.
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Authorities say the truck went out of control on Burnt Chimney Road, overturned and skidded into a tractor-trailer in the opposite lane.
The collision killed the driver of the dump truck, John Lee Tyree of Rocky Mount.
The driver of the other rig, Jimmy Lee Smith of Wirtz, was not seriously hurt.
About 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled; a company from Roanoke is cleaning that up.
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An Amherst County mother and her two sons lost everything, including their Christmas presents, when a fire heavily damaged their home this afternoon.
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The blaze at this house on Lowesville Road was reported around one.
Three teenagers.. two brothers and their cousin.. were home at the time when they heard a popping noise upstairs.


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((NICK SMOOT/ESCAPED FIRE: ME AND MY COUSIN TYLER WE RAN UPSTAIRS AND WE KICKED THE DOOR IN AND THERE WAS FLAMES EVERYWHERE SO WE RAN DOWNSTAIRS, GRABBED AS MUCH STUFF AS WE COULD AND RAN OUTSIDE.))
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The boys flagged down a motorist who called 9-1-1.
Fire crews were already just a mile or two down the road, battling a brush fire when the call came in.
They had a tough job from the moment they arrived.
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((TOM SHRADER/AMHERST VOL. FIRE DEPARTMENT; INITIALLY WENT INTO THE INTERIOR, WE HAD TWO MEN WHO WENT IN ON THE INTERIOR, FIRE RAN THE WHOLE CEILING SO WE PULLED THEM OUT AND ATTACKED FROM OUTSIDE.))
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Crews from three area fire departments spent about an hour bringing the fire under control.
Nearly the entire house suffered smoke, water and fire damage.
Investigators say a strobe light in an upstairs bedroom apparently sparked the blaze.
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An area police officer is charged with assault, but will remain on the job.
Details on that when News 7 at Six returns.
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Plus a historic day for Roanoke's government as two women take over important posts.
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[1st-Wx]
[Flu-Remedies]


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Vitamin C and Zinc aren't the only natural remedies people are trying these days to ward off the colds and flu.
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Samantha Murphy-Fortune with Nature's Outlet say there are dozens of herbal products that can either shorten the duration of the illnesses or prevent you from getting sick.
Umcka (Um-kuh) is one of the newer ones to hit the U-S.
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((SAMANTHA MURPHY-FORTUNE/NATURE'S OUTLET; IT IS TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MEDICINE THAT HAS BEEN STUDIED TO SHORTEN THE DURATION OF ANY RESPIRATORY ILLNESS. ANYTHING THAT ATTACKS THE SINUS OR THE THROAT OR THE CHEST.))
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Fortune says herbal products can be better than some over-the-counter options because they won't cause you to get sleepy or keep you awake. But if you're leery of taking them -- She says even a multi-vitamin can help.
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((WHEN YOU DO COME DOWN WITH SOMETHING OR FEEL THAT SNIFFLE COMING ON IT'S VERY EASY TO HELP SUPPRESS IT OR ACTUALLY HEAL THE BODY))
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While herbals are natural, that doesn't mean they are safe for everyone. You should consult your doctor before taking them particularly if you have a medical condition or are on medication.
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A Danville Police sergeant is charged with domestic assault, but will be allowed to stay at work.
Sergeant Jerry L. Pace was charged with two counts of domestic assault this morning in Pittsylvania County.
According to Danville Police, Pace was involved in a domestic dispute yesterday evening with his girlfriend. Pittsylvania County deputies were called after he left the residence.
Pace was released on bond pending a court appearance.
The Danville police department says Sergeant Pace has denied all allegations of abuse.
An internal investigation has been conducted and Pace will be allowed to work pending the final outcome of the court case.

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In another case, a special judge has been appointed to hear the case against Radford's police chief.
The Virginia Supreme Court has appointed Patrick County Judge Martin Clark to hear charges against Chief Wesley Terry.
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Terry and 2-other officers are accused of conducting an illegal search and taking a knife from the home of a Radford University student. Terry's charged with petty larceny, malfeasance in office and 3-counts of obtaining criminal history information under a false pretense. No new court date has been set.
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New jobs are coming to Montgomery County. MapTech is building a 15-thousand square foot facility in the Blacksburg Industrial Park.
The quarter of a million dollar expansion will help create five high paying jobs in the next three years.
MapTech is a computer based research company that currently employees 20-people.

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A light day on Wall Street ahead of the Christmas holiday. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose sixty points.
NASDAQ gained five.
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A Roanoke Valley group took time to remember the homeless today.
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A memorial service at the Coyner Springs cemetery was one of several around the country today.
The Roanoke Valley's Task Force on Homelessness says no one died on the streets this past year.
But officials say some people did die a few days after getting shelter.
The city has a Homeless Assistance Team that looks for people living under bridges, in woods and other places and offers them help.
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A couple of firsts for Roanoke City's government today.
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The Star City installed its first African-American clerk of the court and its first female treasurer.
In an emotional ceremony, Brenda Hamilton was sworn in as Roanoke's first black clerk of the circuit court.
She was elected to that position in November but has worked at the clerk's office for 27 years.
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((BRENDA HAMILTON/CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT: WHEN YOU'RE THE FIRST PERSON TO EVER BE IN MY SITUATION WHO HAD EVER RUN FOR ELECTED POSITION YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT BUT DOUBTS AND FEARS STEP IN THERE. YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP LOOKING FORWARD AND I'M SO GLAD THAT I NEVER TURNED BACK.))
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Evelyn Powers was also sworn in today.
She will take over for retiring Treasurer David Anderson.
Powers becomes Roanoke's eighth treasurer and the first woman to hold that position.
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((EVELYN POWERS/ROANOKE TREASURER; I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. I THINK THAT'S A POSITIVE FOR OUR GENDER.))
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Both constitutional officers will begin their terms on January first.
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Coming up, visions of Larry Fitzgerald are dancing in the Cavaliers heads, Jeff Tedford hopes his Bears don't go into hibernation against the Hokies, and
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Ryan Newman captures driver of the year honors.
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Both Virginia Tech and California worked out today in the desert with just 4 days left until their matchup in the Insight Bowl. Cal Coach Jeff Tedford doesn't quite know what type of game to expect on Friday, but he does have a healthy dose of respect for the Hokies.
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Virginina fans are in for what looks like an offensive showcase against Pittsburgh that features Heisman trophy runner up Larry Fitzgerald. Steve Mason says Fitzgerald's name has been beaten into the Cavaliers heads.
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((STEVE MASON:WHAT AWARD HAS LARRY FITZGERALND NOT WON. HE WAS SECOND IN THE HESIMAN VOTING, HE IS THE WALTER CAMP RECIPIENT, WHICH GOES TO THE NATION'S TOP PLAYER, AND THE SOPHOMORE WON THE BELITNIKOFF TROPHY WHCIH GOES TO COLLEEG FOOTBALL'S BEST RECEIVER. hE IS ALOS THE bIG EAST OFFENSEIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR.)) ((Fitgerald has 34 TD catches in two seasons, an NCAA record. To the Cavaliers, he is a great player that they must contain, a task that has been difficult for so many opponents. The 6 foot 3, 225 Fitgerald presents specific problems for UVa and its short secondary. ((AL GROH/UVA HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
In order to stop the super sophs 18 game streak with a touchdown reception the Cavaliers know they must be physical and cut down on the time the future NFL star has to get open. ((:)) ((:)) Fitzgerald needs just one more 100 yard receiving game to tie the NCAA record for century marks in a season at 11. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

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Ryan Newman has captured Driver of the Year honors, becoming the second driver in 37 years to win the award after failing to win a series championship.
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Newman did win 8 races and 11 poles in his second season in Nascar's top circuit. He also had 7 DNF's this past season. The award was voted on by a panel of 18 motorsports writers and broadcasters. Bill Elliott was the other driver to win the award without the title, back in 1985.
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The Baltimore Orioles continue to spend money this offseason. Last week the team signed all star shortstop Miguel Tejada to a 72 million dollar pact and today the Birds acquired catcher Javy Lopez from the Braves.
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Lopez agreed to a 3 year deal with the club worth 22.5 million dollars. The 33 year old hit .328 last season in Atlanta with 43 dingers and 109 runs batted in. It was his best year since 1998. But the cost cutting Braves decided not to re-sign Lopez.
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Sticking with baseball, the Salem Avalanche has a new general manager. Jamie Toole replaces Stan Macko who left the team in September. Toole comes to the Avs from the Pirates organization where he served as Assistant Director of Florida Baseball Operations in Bradenton. He is a native of Columbia, South Carolina.

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Santa apparently took a break from the North Pole to hit an area ski resort.
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Saint Nick took to the slopes of Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.
Santa was joined by Mrs. Claus, an elf, the Cat in the Hat and the Snowshoe Hare in spreading holiday cheer.
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