April 23, 2017

Three killed as train hits bus in Mississippi

09 March 2017, 12:35 | Clarence Schmidt

Witnesses said the passengers on the bus were senior citizens.

The bus was apparently stopped on the tracks when the 52-car train, pulled by three locomotives, slammed into it, said Miller.

Three people have been confirmed dead, according to the Sun Herald. Another 10 were listed as serious with 15 said to be 'walking wounded, ' and the rest did not need medical attention.

The injured - over 30 people - were being airlifted to regional hospitals.

Two of the deceased have been identified by Lockhart ISD as retired administrators Ken and Peggy Hoffman. "These people didn't know us, but we were able to make a deep connection - you could see it on their faces that they were less frightened". I know there's a lot of families that are going to be impacted here'.

Stef Manisero joins us from Bastrop with the latest. The district will share information about arrangements when it becomes available.

A committee from the Senior Center had helped to organized the trip to MS and Louisiana for seniors and their families.

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Biloxi, Miss., firefighters help passengers of a charter bus out of the damaged vehicle after the bus collided with a train, March 7, 2017.

The scene in Biloxi, Mississippi where a CSX train impacted a tour bus containing 50-60 passengers. "Due to the ongoing investigation, we can not provide additional details at this time".

"I was on Main Street and I heard the noise", Pham said.

Each year in the US, there are about 2,200 grade crossing accidents with a number of fatalities, according to Sumwalt.

There were reportedly 50 people on the bus, and most have sustained injuries. Authorities said that seven of those hurt were critically injured. CSX is cooperating fully with investigators.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the agency is aware of the crash and deciding whether to investigate.

A freight train smashed into the charter bus Tuesday, pushing the bus 300 feet down the tracks. To many, the accident scene may have seemed like a place where faith and spirituality have been abandoned, but that was far from the reality. Just in January, a delivery truck was hit by a train at the crossing.

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