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Casino Tour Bus Crashes in Arkansas, Kills 15

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posted on Oct, 9 2004 @ 08:44 AM
This one is too close to home... I live in Marion and work in Memphis. This is sad people. I have been waiting for the media to pick this up.. I heard about this on my scanner early... Went to see what happened and now I really wish I had not. You can report the news..... Talk about it.. But when you see a scene like this there are no words. This is one of the worst things I have ever seen in my life and pray I never see anything like this again. Thoughts and prayers with the victims and families.

MARION, Ark. Oct. 9, 2004 — A tour bus carrying Chicago-area gamblers to a Mississippi casino crashed and overturned in Arkansas early Saturday, killing at least 14 people, state police said.

The bus from Chicago crashed on Interstate 55 in northeastern Arkansas, near Memphis, Tenn. Authorities believe it was headed to Tunica, Miss., a popular destination for casino gambling, when the accident happened about 5 a.m., state police spokesman Bill Sadler said.

An undetermined number of other passengers were injured and taken to hospitals.

Thirty people were aboard the bus, which was the only vehicle involved in the crash. Some of the dead were found crushed beneath the bus after wrecker crews arrived to pull it upright, Sadler said.

Authorities on the scene had not determined a cause.

Witnesses and survivors told police the trip was uneventful, then "the next thing we knew, we were off the road," Sadler said.

A light mist was falling at the time of the crash, but visibility did not appear to be significantly limited, he said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

It is a very light rain outside right now.. dark clouds and at times the rain is more like a fog or mist... The roads are very slick.

I don''t know if these factors were the cause but it seems possible.

What an ugly day here.

Related Link:

Fifteen Dead as Bus Flips

[edit on 9-10-2004 by UM_Gazz]

posted on Oct, 9 2004 @ 08:47 AM
If I understand the article correct and looking at your response that means that... um. ewww. I'll just leave it at that.

posted on Oct, 9 2004 @ 10:04 AM

Added press images now available. Taken from the air.

These images show just how dramatic the crash was.

But spares the graphic images I have now stuck in my mind.

Someone advised me to get a scanner, Never thought there would be a day when I would hear something like this, and then feel compelled to go and see it for myself.

It seems so morbid now.

These people were laughing, singing and on their way to have even more fun at the casinos in Tunica.. In an instant it ended like this.

Sad.. tragic.

It goes to show us.. Live while you can, enjoy what you have, make the best of every moment.. Because you just never know.


posted on Oct, 9 2004 @ 10:58 AM
I live on the Other side of Arkansas and havent heard anything about it. Did it say where the bus was from? A lot of the older folks here take the bus out to Tunica for the weekend.

My heart goes out for them

posted on Oct, 9 2004 @ 11:28 AM
Related new link, with a bit more information from Reuters and ABC News.

In so many words it will explain in a graphic way what so many here in this town has seen with their own eyes.

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