A freight train slammed into a charter bus full of people on their way to a casino on Tuesday afternoon in Biloxi, Miss., killing at least four people onboard and injuring many more, the authorities said.
The charter bus, which was near its destination in Biloxi on a trip from Austin, Tex., appeared to have gotten stuck on the railroad tracks at a crossing and could not move before the train hit it, the Biloxi Police Department said. About 50 people, including many members of a senior center in Texas, were on the bus when the crash occurred, around 2:12 p.m., and every passenger appeared to have some injuries, said the police chief, John Miller.
This tragic event reminds us at Reyes Browne Reilley of the Cardinal Coach Line / Choctaw Casino fatal bus crash back in 2013. The Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm attorney Spencer Browne represented the family of Paula Hahn in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the casino charter bus wreck on the George Bush Turnpike, which a Dallas County jury later ordered Choctaw Nation to pay Ms. Hahn’s family $6M.
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