Texas Bus Crash Kills 13

Charter was bound for religious event
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 8, 2008 12:07 PM CDT
Emergency officials are seen in the foreground as a hearse departs a bus accident site where 12 people died in a crash early this morning in Sherman, Texas.    (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(Newser) – A bus carrying members of a Vietnamese church group to a religious festival crashed onto its side and then skidded off a freeway 64 miles north of Dallas today, killing at least 13 people. Authorities said 24 others were hospitalized. The bus carrying 55 people from Houston to Missouri may have blown a tire, but officials were still investigating, the AP reports.

The bus smashed into a guard rail at about 12:45 am on a bridge that sits about 15 feet above a creek, apparently skidding along the guard rail before sliding off US 75 on the other side of the bridge. Police say 12 people died at the scene and another died at a Dallas hospital. At least five more were hospitalized in critical condition.