Charter Bus Headed For Oklahoma Casino Crashes; 2 Confirmed Dead

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IRVING (April 11, 2013)—A charter bus headed for a casino in Oklahoma crashed Thursday morning on northbound State Highway 161 in Irving, just east of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, killing two people and injuring as many as 36, according to some reports.

The bus crashed Thursday just east of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Irving.

The bus, which, was headed to the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla., ended up on its side.

Information about whether any Central Texas residents were among the passengers wasn’t immediately available.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Haschel said most of the passengers were elderly.

One witness to the crash told WFAA-TV he saw one person trapped beneath the bus.

A passenger told the Dallas Morning News the crash was a "traumatic situation to say the least."

"We ended up swirling and weaving and then ended up on the side," Daniel Risik said.

He said most of the 45 people aboard the bus weren't wearing seat belts and ended up"piled on top of each other" after the crash.

Rescuers arrived, he said, and started pulling people through the roof emergency hatch.

Ambulances and at least one medical helicopter responded Thursday morning.

Both the southbound and northbound lanes of the highway were closed because of the crash and were likely to remain closed for hours, authorities said.

The bus belongs to Cardinal Coach Line based in Mansfield.

The casino issued a statement in which it expressed condolences to the crash victims and their families.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.