What was supposed to be an exciting trip to the Gulf Coast to visit casinos ended in disasters for several Texas seniors. Four people died when a freight train slammed into their tour bus earlier this year. Seven more were critically injured, and 33 had less-serious injuries. Police were called in to investigate, according to the New York Post. From witness statements, it seems as though the bus was stuck at the crossing. The particular crossing on which it was stuck was on a steep hill. There are signs warning of low coverage, although it’s not known if that played a factor.  The accident happened in Biloxi, Mississippi.
After the accident, passengers were stuck amongst the wreckage, and it took over an hour to get everyone out. Two had to be cut out with special equipment. A passenger described what happened as a case of the bus trying to clear the tracks quickly, and then getting stuck “right in the middle.” The passengers worked to try to get out as the train was bearing down on them.
The bus had originated in Austin, but the trip had been organized by a seniors group in Bastrop. Passengers had been picked up from the Austin area, and were hopping from casino to casino. At the time of the crash, they were on their way to the Boomtown casino after a visit to the Hollywood casino. They had several more to visit throughout the rest of their trip, in addition to a trip to Louisiana.
Witnesses described a scene of horror before and after the train struck. Passengers were trying to get off, but once the train hit, some were pulled under the wreckage and some were run over by the train. As one witness put it, “body pieces were everywhere,”
There have been 16 accidents at the crossing since 1976, involving 3 fatalities, before the bus collision. The crossing has bells, a barrier, and several signs. However, one local resident considers the crossing a safety hazard, since it’s so steep.
It’s very likely that there will be some sort of legal action as a result of this accident. For one, either the train or bus company, or both, may be held liable by one of the victims or their families. The driver may be at fault as well. Whatever the case, the victims will most likely be seeking some sort of compensation for the pain and suffering they’ve experienced as a result of the accident.
If you’ve found yourself the victim of an accident, the best thing you can do, aside from seek quality medical care, is to hire a talented lawyer to represent your interests. They will investigate your situation to the fullest to make sure that all the facts are available. From that information, they will come up with a strategy to help you fight for the compensation you need to get on with your life. Call today for a consultation to see how an attorney in Bastrop can help you.

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