At least four people are dead after a train collided with a charter bus carrying passengers from the Austin, Texas, area on their way to a casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Tuesday.
Rescuers spent more than an hour removing passengers, cutting through the bus's heavily damaged frame to extract the last two.
The bus, carrying 48 people and a driver, was organized by a Texas senior center for a trip. A flier for the tour says some passengers boarded Sunday in Austin, Texas, and others boarded about 30 miles east in Bastrop, Texas. Michelle Crowley of the Biloxi fire department said 40 people were injured; of those, seven were in critical condition.
The names of the dead have not been released. The bus was marked as belonging to Echo Transportation, which Texas corporate records show is a unit of a company called TBL Group, based in Grand Prairie.
"We can't confirm anything at this point," said Elisa Fox, a lawyer for the bus company. "We're trying to mobilize to assess the situation." The bus, which was pushed about 300 feet down the tracks in the collision, could be seen straddling the tracks, with a CSX Transportation locomotive pushed up against its left side. The bus was apparently stopped on the tracks when the 52-car train, pulled by three locomotives, slammed into it, said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller.
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