TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

2 killed, 40 hurt in Texas crash of tour bus on way to casino

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8:54 p.m.
 

IRVING, Texas — At least two people were killed and more than 40 were hospitalized when a charter bus careened off a North Texas highway and flipped onto its side on Thursday, drawing a large emergency response as rescue crews struggled to reach victims inside, authorities said.

The Cardinal Coach Line bus was carrying mostly senior citizens when it suddenly weaved across the busy highway, striking two concrete barriers, and toppled over in the center median, witnesses said. The wreck occurred on President George Bush Turnpike in Irving, just east of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

“It was pretty bad, people screaming,” said Ed Cluck, who stopped after driving by the wreck and seeing smoke. He said he popped the bus' roof hatches and helped six to eight people escape.

“It was just people stacked on top of each other,” he said.

“It's just a lot of injuries, a lot of people in shock, broken bones,” added Robert Hare, another motorist who stopped to help. He said many passengers were crying and appeared to be in shock as they were pulled from the wreckage.

The bus, which was carrying about 45 people, was on its way to a casino in Oklahoma, authorities said.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Mortgage deal isn’t likely to cost $17B
  2. Florida looks good: Farmer’s Almanac predicts ‘super-cold’ winter, above-average snow for Northeast
  3. Beheading doesn’t deter U.S., who launches new airstrikes
  4. Scathing report says college trustees fail in mission
  5. ISIS beheads American photojournalist who was kidnapped 2 years ago in Syria
  6. Immigration judge drops case against Ore. woman who drove into leaf pile, killing 2 girls
  7. Contraception, abstinence push U.S. teen birthrates to historic lows
  8. Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago
  9. Irwin native among military personnel kept waiting for return of personal vehicle
  10. Lighthouse sale draws $78K bid off cost of Portland, Maine
  11. Daughter held in Bali slaying abused mother, files show
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.