Bus Full of Seniors Overturns in Texas

Two dead in crash: reports
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2013 10:45 AM CDT
Bus Full of Seniors Overturns in Texas
The overturned bus is seen surrounded by emergency vehicles in this TV screenshot.   (NBC 5 DFW)

(Newser) – A charter bus carrying many "older folks" rolled over on a Texas highway around 9am, the Dallas Morning News reports. The bus was en route to an Oklahoma casino when it reportedly hit a "rubber traffic control item" on the right side of the road, cruised across the lanes and hit a concrete barrier, then flipped; a state trooper says 34 people were inside. Rescue crews have managed to get everyone out of the bus, but 16 people are in critical condition, and the local CBS affiliate is reporting that two people were killed.

Witnesses who stopped to help tell NBC 5 that they saw at least two people pinned under the bus, and inside saw "bodies stacked on top of each other … moaning, crying, screaming for help." It notes that the bus landed on its right side, which is the one containing the exit doors, forcing passengers to push out window exits or use roof hatches. All available ambulances in the area were sent to the scene, and all lanes of the freeway shut down. (Read more bus crash stories.)

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