Bus crash near Dallas leaves 40 people trapped inside, Two Dead
POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 9:24am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 12:19pm
A bus apparently carrying people to a casino overturned Thursday on a highway outside Dallas, and initial reports said as many as 40 people were trapped inside.
The crash happened in the Dallas suburb of Irving. Authorities closed the highway and a nearby tollbooth. Video from NBC affiliate KXAS showed crews working to free the trapped passengers.
“People were screaming, on top of each other,” Dan Risik, who identified himself as a passenger on the bus, 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.”
Risik said the bus was headed to Choctaw Casino Resort, just over the Oklahoma state line and about 90 miles from Dallas. Many of the passengers were elderly, Risik said.
The Dallas public transit system said the bus was apparently a charter. It came to rest on its passenger side.
KXAS reported that Irving fire officials ordered all their trucks to help.
At least two people were killed a state police official said during a press conference.
The crash will take hours to clean up.