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TYLER, Texas — Two men were killed in a head-on crash involving a charter bus with Brook Hill High School students on Sunday morning in Tyler.

The two fatalities were reported in a pickup truck that struck the bus. Police identified those men as 22-year-old Jeffrey Dalton Aynesworth of Rusk, Texas, and 24-year-old Payton Joseph Raymond of Flint, Texas.

None of the students or other occupants of the charter bus sustained any major injuries, according to police and school officials.

The crash occurred just after 4 a.m. on Toll 49 between Paluxy Drive and South Broadway Avenue, also known as U.S. Highway 69, in Tyler, Texas.

Martin says approximately 32 people were on the bus — about 25 students, six chaperones, and the bus driver. Of those, the driver, two adults, and two students were transported to an area hospital with what police describe as non-life threatening injuries.

The students attended The Brook Hill School in Tyler and were among a group of SPARC students returning from a trip to Orlando, Florida.

"No students, faculty or chaperones sustained life threatening injuries, however several students and adults sustained minor injuries," read a statement from the school. "Coach Jordan Price is in the hospital under observation for a concussion along with the bus driver."

"We are very thankful for God's protection and ask that you be in prayer for all involved, including the bus driver who did an amazing job controlling the bus and protecting our students and faculty," continued the statement. "We also ask that you be in prayer for the families of the passengers in the other vehicle who did not survive the crash."

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