At least four people were killed when a train crashed into a charter bus in Biloxi, Mississippi on March 7, 2017. Three of the victims died at the accident scene while a fourth passed away while receiving treatment at the hospital. In addition, at least 35 passengers on the bus were either taken by ambulance or airlifted to local hospitals to be treated for various injuries, and many of the victims remain in critical condition. Per one report, every passenger on the bus sustained at least some type of injury.
The bus was a charter bus carrying around 50 people from Austin, Texas to casinos in Biloxi, Mississippi. Most of the passengers on board were senior citizens. The accident occurred around 2:15 p.m. when the bus was either stopped or stuck on train tracks and got hit by a CSX Transportation freight train. The impact between the two vehicles was so severe that the train pushed the bus approximately 300 feet before coming to a stop. Per one witness, the bus had been stopped on the train tracks for several minutes before it was hit. When they saw the train approaching, passengers tried to get off the bus, recognizing the bus was not going to move and the train was not going to be able to stop in time. Some of the injured passengers had to be cut out of the bus in order to be rescued.
Biloxi police and paramedics immediately responded to the scene to investigate and assist the injured bus passengers. Police Chief John Miller described the aftermath as “terrible” and “chaotic.” Witnesses also described the accident in detail. One witness heard the train honk its horn at the bus to move out of the way before the crash. The witness then saw bodies flying all over the bus once it was hit.