A Chartered Bus that left Houston Texas carrying 55 people from Vietnamese Martyrs Church out of Houston crashed early Friday morning in Sherman Texas, about 60 miles north of Dallas. It flipped landing on its side in a creek bed killing at least 13 on the bus and sending dozens others to the hospital for injuries. Apparently the bus ran off an overpass on Highway 75.

Police seem to think that although the confirmed cause of the accident has not been determined yet, it could have been from a blowout of a tire causing the bus to hit a guardrail and then to turn over onto its side.

“I’ll tell you, there were very few walking wounded,” said Jeff Jones, who is Sherman’s Fire Chief. “The injuries I saw were primarily crushing wounds, trauma as you’d expect in a situation like this.”

Injured passengers were rushed to hospitals in Sherman and Dallas by helicopter ambulances. The accident occurred around 12:45 am Friday. One woman died at Parkland Hospital and four others were in critical condition according to myfoxfw.com.

The bus was on its way to Carthage Missouri for the Marian Days festival which is an annual celebration of the Virgin Mary. It left Houston Thursday night chartered from Angel Tours. Church officials told 11 news, at KHOU- TV of Houston that member of the Our Lady of Lavang Church was on the chartered bus too.

Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman reports that they were treating 19 people from the accident. They say one is in critical condition and were being transported by helicopter to a Dallas hospital. Other passengers were sent to different hospitals to be treated which include the Southwestern Oklahoma Medical Center in Durant Oklahoma, and Presbyterian Hospital in Allen Texas, Baylor Medical Center and Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Jan Barrett

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