Bus Crash Injures 40 Passengers, 2 Dead

A bus crash with 40 elderly passengers, 2 people dead, swerved off the northbound lanes of President George Bush Turnpike near Dallas, Texas.

The passengers were on their way to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma for a one-day-gambling outing aboard the Cardinal Coach Lines of Mansfield, Texas.

DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said that the bus hit a rubber structure on the turnpike, bounced across the lanes onto a grassy area, then hit a concrete barrier and turned over.

A passerby identified as Robert Hare told NBC5 that he pulled a half dozen people from the bus and that “bodies and blood” were everywhere.

Hare said many of the passenger were “screaming” and many were in shock. Many where shouting “help me, help!”

One passenger, Dan Rizick, told NBC5 that several people appeared to be seriously injured in the crash. Rizick said that he heard a crash “and the bus started to veer back and forth and ended up flipping over on its side. People were screaming on top of each other.”

Rizick, who suffered only a bloody nose, said the gambling trip was organized regularly by a woman the group called “Casino Sue.”

The crash occurred on northbound State Highway 161, an extension of the President George Bush Turnike, near the N. Belt Line Road.

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