Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Train crashes into charter bus in Biloxi, Mississippi

Train crashes into charter bus in Biloxi, Mississippi

A CSX train heading eastbound hit the bus at a level crossing in downtown Biloxi just before 2:15 pm, dragging the bus about 300 feet down the tracks. Police Chief John Miller said it was unclear why the bus had stopped, but witnesses told WLOX-TV that the vehicle appeared to be stuck on the tracks.

Witnesses said the passengers on the bus were senior citizens.

Emergency crews were spotted removing people from the bus through the emergency windows.

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Emergency responders were still trying to remove injured passengers from the bus half an hour after the crash. The bus reportedly came from Austin, Texas. The company has yet to make a statement about the incident.

"I took off running", Craig Robinson told the Sun Herald, describing the moment he saw the train headed toward the immobilized bus.

Biloxi is a city of 44,000 residents on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

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