BILOXI, Mississippi — Good Samaritans came forward to the rescue of the passengers of the bus that was hit by a speeding goods train in Biloxi, Mississippi. The charter bus was reportedly carrying 42 senior citizens who were on a casino outing.
Officials claimed that as many as 4 people died in the severe accident. 35 people were injured and have been admitted in a city hospital. After initial confusion, about the number of dead, officials confirmed that 4 people travelling on the bus had lost their lives.
There were no fatalities on the train that was being pulled by three locomotives. The eastbound CSX train struck the bus around 2:13 p.m., said Vincent Creel, also a city spokesman
Most of the senior citizens travelling on the ill-fated bus were the residents of Bastrop Senior Center, located in Bastrop, Texas. In a press conference, Bastrop Senior Center confirmed that it was their bus at a press conference later in the day. Barbara Adkins at the senior center said that 27 members of the center were on the bus and the rest of the victims were family members. Adkins said that the center typically uses the same bus company for its trips and some of them were in an accident on a bus trip previously.
In the meantime Fox6Now quoted motorist Austin Dominey saying it looked like the bus had bottomed out as it tried to cross the train tracks. Dominey, while narrating the incident said how a good Samaritan motivated others to come out and rescue the people. “…a man in a car in front of him raced down the street and started to help people climb out some broken windows. The driver stood on top of his Chrysler sedan, which he had parked next to the bus, according to Dominey…“Soon as it happened you could see people, like the whole community coming out to really help those people that were in need”.
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
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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
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I'm praying for the folks in the Biloxi bus train accident in Jesus name. Amen. †
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