IRVING, TX (TIP): At least two people were killed and more than 40 hospitalized Thursday, April 11 when a charter bus swerved off the northbound lanes of President George Bush Turnpike near Dallas, hit a concrete barrier and flipped, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Cardinal Coach Line bus was carrying mostly senior citizens to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., on a one-day gambling outing. Police and others used ladders to get to emergency exits on top of the bus to get to scores of passengers.
The fire department in Irving, Texas, said 45 people were on the passenger list, NBC5 reported. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the passengers were believed to have boarded the bus in Hurst, Texas. Many of the passengers were trapped beneath the bus, according to rescue teams and witnesses.