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Bus Carrying Members of King Family Shaken Up in Near-Crash

by Blair Adams
AFRO Staff Writer

    Christine King Farris, sister of Martin Luther King Jr., speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Washington, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was 50 years ago today when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the memorial. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Less than an hour after the Aug. 28 ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, some members of the King family were shaken up when their charter bus swerved to avoid a collision with a van.

According to U.S. Park Police, on Aug. 28 the bus carrying Martin Luther King’s sister Christine King and other members of the King family, along with reality television star Omarosa Manigault and other passengers, nearly collided with a van.

The bus driver slammed the bus brakes and swerved to avoid a crash.

“We were very afraid,” Manigault said in a CNN interview. “There were children on the bus, seniors and everything.”

"Yikes just got banged up a lil bit on bus- I am ok! #HitMyHead ouch," she said, noting that she bumped her head in the accident.

The driver of the car suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment, however the injuries of the passengers aboard the bus were not disclosed.

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