Bus Hit By Train Was Carrying Tour From Texas Senior Center

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BILOXI, Miss. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A bus hit by a train in Mississippi — killing three people — was carrying people on a trip organized by a Texas senior center.

Reports indicate the bus, which was towed off the tracks Tuesday evening, is registered to a company in Grand Prairie. Thus far, no one from the company has commented publicly.

A flier for the tour says some passengers boarded Sunday in Austin and others boarded about 30 miles east in Bastrop. Bastrop Senior Center President Barbara Adkins tells Texas media that 22 of the tourists were members, who describes as “family.”

The tour group was transferring Tuesday from a casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to one farther east in Biloxi. Travelers were scheduled to visit New Orleans later and return home Saturday.

In 2013, a bus with passengers from the Bastrop Senior Center hit a pickup truck in southwest Louisiana on another casino trip. Of the 46 people on that trip, 12 were taken to a hospital, mostly with minor injuries.

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One Comment

  1. “Thus far, no one from the company has commented publicly.”

    Of course not! The company is still working with its legal team. Since their driver chose to pilot his coach into the path of the train, they’d like to concoct an account of the “accident” which will make that decision appear to be reasonable.

  2. Ellen Leach says:

    our hearts are heavy in Mississippi and are with those in Texas. This was a terrible tragedy. The tracks at that location have been trouble for years. just 2 months ago a pepsi truck got stuck and hit on the same stretch of tracks. prayers to all the family and friends of the victims and the ones on the bus, it has been very heart wrenching to say the least.

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