A train collided with a charter bus in Biloxi, Mississippi on Tuesday. The bus was carrying 50 people from Austin, Texas and was dragged 300 feet down the tracks. So far, at least three people have been reported dead at the time emergency responders were removing injured people from the crash, many of which were still being pulled through the windows 30 minutes after the incident. It was reported that the bus was stopped across the tracks at the time of the impact, but they do not know why yet. This charter bus was full of senior citizens meant to carry its passengers to the eight casinos in Biloxi.
The CSX train, pulled by three locomotives, was headed eastbound when it hit the bus at a crossing in downtown Biloxi just before 2:15p.m., pushing the bus about 300 feet down the tracks, Creel said. The single track is the CSX mainline along the Gulf Coast, passing through densely populated areas of southern Mississippi. A nearby hospital set up a triage unit at the site to treat the injured, and helicopters were carrying the injured to hospitals that handle trauma cases. The bus was marked as belonging to Echo Transportation, which Texas corporate records show is a unit of a company called TBL Group, based in Grand Prairie, near Dallas. A phone message and an email left for Echo were not immediately returned. CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.