BILOXI, Miss. (KXAN) — Four passengers on a bus from the Austin area were killed Tuesday when their bus got stuck on train tracks in Biloxi, Mississippi. A CSX freight train then barreled into the bus, with 51 on board, pushing the bus for several hundred feet.
Thirty-five passengers were taken to local hospitals after the crash at around 2:14 p.m. The president of Bastrop Senior Center says most of the passengers, who were on a trip to a Biloxi casino, were center members.
Officials say it was a chaotic scene as passengers were trapped inside the bus and trying to get out as first responders arrived. Before the crash,
Melissa Flores, a daughter of a woman on board the bus, tells KXAN her mother, who is from Lockhart, has sore ribs from the crash. She said several other seniors in Lockhart were on the trip with her and they planned to be in Mississippi until Friday.
In a statement, CSX said the eastbound mixed freight train was traveling from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama. The train had three locomotives and 52 cars — 27 of which were loaded. The crossing had flashing lights and crossing gates, CSX says.
The train company says their crew was not injured in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a “go team” to investigate the crash. They are expected to arrive in Biloxi Wednesday morning.