Biloxi resident captures moment before fatal bus accident

Witnesses to Wednesday's deadly collision between a freight train and a bus say that the charter bus appeared to be trapped on the tracks just ahead of the crash that killed at least four people and injured dozens more in Biloxi, Miss.

"It's a bad, chaotic scene", Miller said.

"It's a awful, chaotic scene right now but we have it under control", Miller said at a news conference.

It is with deep regret and sympathy that we can confirm the private charter bus that collided with a train this afternoon in Biloxi was transporting patrons from our Hollywood Gulf Coast Casino in Bay St. Louis to our Boomtown Biloxi Casino approximately 45 miles away.

A bus hit by a train in MS — killing four people — was carrying people on a trip organized by a Texas senior center.

Biloxi firefighters tend to injured passengers escaping the wreckage after a train travelling from Austin, Texas, collided with a charter bus in Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S., March 7, 2017.

A witness told the Biloxi Sun-Herald he saw passengers leaving the stalled bus before it was struck by the train.

The charter bus had departed from Austin, Texas, for a week-long trip that included a stopoff in New Orleans.

The CSX Transportation freight train pushed the bus about 300 feet before finally stopping with the mangled bus still straddling the tracks.

Victims have been taken to Merit Health and Ocean Springs Hospital in Biloxi, and Singing River Hospital in nearby Pascagoula.

Officials say it was a chaotic scene as passengers were trapped inside the bus and trying to get out as first responders arrived.

The railroad based in Jacksonville, Fla., said in a statement Tuesday that no crew members were injured in the incident and signal lights were working at the time of the incident, WBTV reported.

A nearby vehicle was used as a stepladder after the crash to get people off the bus, and emergency workers pulled passengers through windows. Gary Sease says the train had three locomotives and 52 cars.

The bus, which has been removed from the tracks, was marked as operated by ECHO Transportation, Creel said. Just in January, a delivery truck was hit by a train at the crossing. The Federal Railroad Administration said three investigators were en route to the scene. The bus is owned by Echo Transportation, authorities said.

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