Two Dead & More Than 40 Injured in a Charter Bus Nightmare

NBC News reported that a charter bus accident outside Dallas on April 11 left two passengers dead and dozens of others injured.

The bus, operated by Cardinal Coach Line out of Mansfield, Texas, was traveling on the President George Bush Turnpike—on its way to Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma. Some witnesses claim they heard a loud popping noise. The bus rolled over before stopping on its side in the median of the highway.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel of the Irving, Texas, Department of Public Safety told reporters that at least 44 survivors had been evacuated to hospitals in the area. Several of those were in critical condition. Dr. Pepe, who serves as chairman of emergency medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, stressed that these bus accident victims would receive especially close monitoring over the following days, even for apparently minor injuries, because so many of the injured tour bus passengers were elderly.

There is no word yet if the bus driver, who was also injured in the accident, has provided any explanation for this fatal charter bus crash. A follow-up report identified the two deceased passengers as Sue Taylor, 81, and Paula Hahn, 69, of Fort Worth. The report also said that 41 passengers were injured in the bus accident, with perhaps three or four facing critical injuries.

What Caused the Irving Bus Crash?

Emergency responders on the site say that the bus went off the right edge of the road and struck a rubber barrier. That forced the vehicle to the left, passing across the traffic lanes to strike a concrete median. The impact caused the bus to roll over on its right side. Despite passing across busy turnpike lanes, the bus was the only vehicle involved in the incident. Traffic along the toll road was stopped for several hours during the rescue effort.

Although it is not yet clear what caused the driver to lose control of the bus, there is one lesson to be learned even at this early point in the investigation: bus accidents can happen suddenly and unexpectedly, at almost any time. Bus accident injury victims are often elderly and frail, and fatal bus accident injuries are all too common.

When bus accidents occur, you shouldn’t have to face the consequences alone—and you don’t have to. Jon Ostroff is ready to help bus accident victims.

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