Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Dozens injured and four killed as train hits bus in Mississippi

Dozens injured and four killed as train hits bus in Mississippi

A passenger on a bus carrying Texas tourists says he and his wife tried to get out as the train bore down on the bus stopped on tracks in Biloxi, Mississippi. The train continued to push the bus 300 feet down the tracks.

"Oh so grateful. Just to see the picture on the Internet that was surfacing, that I could see her, that she was physically standing and she seemed to be alright, was just joy to my heart", said Flores.

First responders were removing the injured passengers through emergency window exits, local media reported. Numerous passengers were tourists from Texas.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is also investigating.

They "served us as colleagues, teachers, and leaders in our community", Superintendent Susan Bohn said in statement to KHOU.

Then, four were killed when the freight train hit the charter bus Tuesday. He says the train crew was not injured. Courson said the couple had a daughter and three grandchildren who now teach in the district.

"We can't confirm anything at this point", said Elisa Fox, a lawyer for the bus company.

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An eye witness to the crash told the Biloxi Sun Herald that the bus had been stuck at a railroad crossing in downtown Biloxi for five to 10 minutes when the train hit it. All but seven of the passengers on board the bus suffered some degree of injury when the train crashed into the bus, which originated in Austin, Texas, Miller said. He says that "sounds like a big number" but investigators need to compare it to other crossings.

We're told this is a regular trip members take.

According to the NTSB, grade crossings like the one in Biloxi were the scene of more than 2,000 accidents across the US a year ago.

Witnesses say the bus appeared stuck on the tracks and the train hit it broadside.

Biloxi firefighters assist injured passengers after their charter bus collided with a train in Biloxi, Miss.

The names of the dead have not been released. As this is an ongoing law enforcement matter, we are withholding any further comment and are referring all calls to the Biloxi Police Department, with whom we are cooperating fully on their investigation.

The bus belongs to Echo Transportation, a Grand Prairie, Texas-based company.

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