people have died so far after what was described as a “packed” church
bus rear-ended a tractor-trailer parked alongside Interstate 20
near Tallulah, LA, Oct. 13, CNN reported.
to police authorities quoted by the news network, the bus was filled
with senior citizens from First Baptist Church in Eldorado, TX.
The driver of the tractor-trailer had pulled to the side of the
road and was waiting for help after a breakdown.
accident, which occurred at about 11 a.m. CDT, shut down part of
the highway as emergency workers used the Jaws of Life to extricate
victims from the bus. The truck driver, who was hauling cotton,
was not hurt. Nine people on the bus were hurt, press reports said.
told The Associated Press that the bus driver might have
fallen asleep at the wheel.
site of the accident is not far from the Mississippi River in the
northeast portion of Louisiana. Victims were taken to a hospital
in Vicksburg, MS, just across the river, CNN reported.