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Bus runs over three students


Hotty Toddy Taxi found itself face to face with the Oxford Police Department again Saturday morning when one of its buses ran over three University of Mississippi students. 

The incident happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. at the Oxford Mall near the Malco movie theater, according to OPD Chief Mike Martin. Officers responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a bus. 

“Upon our arrival, we found over 300 people in the parking lot (who were) there waiting for pickup by buses for a fraternity function,” Martin said. 

The fraternity function was Sigma Chi’s Groundhog Day. 

Martin said the officers found three people, a male and two females, injured, with all injuries listed as “non-life threatening.” Each victim was listed as having had their foot run over.  

Both females were transported to the hospital. 

One of the victims, Virginia Ragland, has yet to be released. Ragland’s foot is not broken but she is missing skin on her foot, which will require surgery, according to Baptist Memorial Hospital. 

Ragland is expected to miss class this week. 

Hotty Toddy Taxi sent three buses to pick up the passengers. Martin said when the buses arrived to pick up the passengers, the crowd rushed the bus, which resulted in the incident.

The company was also shut down by OPD during a sorority formal last weekend for not having a proper taxi license. 

Martin said the drivers were issued citations for not complying with city or state ordinances.