Thirty six people were injured and at least two people were killed in a bus crash today. The bus was carrying a group of senior citizens to the Choctaw Casino Resort when it overturned on northbound on the President George Bush Turnpike SH 161 in Irving, just outside of Dallas, Texas.
According to WWFA, the bus was traveling north on President George Bush Turnpike near Belt Line Road when it veered to the right side of the road and ran along the concrete divots that run along the shoulder. The bus then went back across the northbound lanes and crashed into a grassy area, then hit the concrete divider that separates the north and southbound lanes.
Early reports indicate the bus hit something in the roadway before it crashed.
“People were screaming, on top of each other,” Dan Risik told KXAS. “I was on top of a friend of mine, and a woman was on top of me on my leg. I couldn’t move up, or what have you, until help arrived and they climbed through the windows.”
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Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Lonny Haschel confirmed the two deaths to KXAS. Irving Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Wilson told KXAS that 36 were injured. Sixteen people are listed in critical condition. Forty five people were on the bus at the time of the crash and 40 were trapped inside when responders arrived.
DPS has closed the highway in both directions and a nearby tollbooth. Drivers are urged to use Highway 114, state Highway 183, or Interstate 635 as alternate routes.
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More information is coming in about this accident. CDLLife will update information as it comes available.