In a freak incident, a train hit a charter bus in Biloxi, Mississippi, killing four people and injuring almost all the occupants of the ill-fated bus. There were 46 people travelling in the bus when the accident took place. Several passengers have sustained serious injuries and have been transferred to nearby hospitals.
The scene of the accident presented a terrible and chaotic picture, said the Biloxi police chief, John Miller. He further told the media at a press conference that as many as 35 people have been hospitalized for light and serious injuries.
Fox News claims that initially, there was some confusion about the number of dead in the freak incident. Initially it was said that four people died in the train / bus crash. Later it was revised to three deaths. Nonetheless, later a city official said that four people lost their lives in the incident
According to officials, the train that hit the bus was not a passenger train. It was a cargo train heading east when it collided with the charter bus that was heading north around 2:15 p.m. local time and pushed it nearly 300 feet down the tracks.
Given the huge incidents and the distance the bus was dragged by the train, officials were seen collecting bodies and removing injured passengers long after the train hit the bus. A report by the WLOX-TV quoting witnesses said that most of the passengers on the bus were senior citizens.
HAPPENING NOW: Rescue workers in Biloxi, MS arrive at the scene of a train and bus accident where at least 3 are dead; 50 injured pic.twitter.com/Toko11U9WV
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 7, 2017
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) March 7, 2017
— Shelley Brown (@ShelleyBFox8) March 7, 2017
— Blake Kaplan (@Blake_Kaplan) March 7, 2017
Here’s where the train involved in the Biloxi bus accident ends. Esters and Hopkins right under the I-110 bridge pic.twitter.com/wj3kDdYOrH
— Jeff Haeger (@TheJeffTakeWXXV) March 7, 2017
— World News Network (@worldnewsdotcom) March 8, 2017
— WLOX (@WLOX) March 8, 2017
I’m praying for the folks in the Biloxi bus train accident in Jesus name. Amen. †
— Chuck Nellis (@ChuckNellis) March 7, 2017
“It is with deep regret and sympathy that we can confirm the private charter bus that collided with a train this afternoon in Biloxi was transporting patrons from our Hollywood Gulf Coast Casino in Bay St. Louis to our Boomtown Biloxi Casino approximately 45 miles away…Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who tragically lost their lives and all those affected by this accident. 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”, said Ameet Patel, Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Penn National Gaming, owner of Hollywood Gulf Coast Casino and Boomtown Biloxi Casino.
Officials claim that the charter bus was traveling from Hollywood in Bay St. Louis to Boomtown in Biloxi.