Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gamblers' Bus Crashes Gulf Coast Trip Kills 23

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gamblers' Bus Crashes Gulf Coast Trip Kills 23

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NEW ORLEANS -- A chartered bus carrying elderly members of a casino club on a Mother's Day gambling excursion ran off a highway yesterday morning and crashed, killing 23 people, authorities said.

Seventeen were hospitalized, some in critical condition, and three were released after emergency room treatment.

Mayor Marc Morial said it was the worst traffic accident in city history.

The bus, traveling eastbound on Interstate 610, swerved from the left lane off of the highway, then across a narrow paved path for golf carts that emerges from a tunnel next to the highway, crashing down one embankment and up the other.

It came to rest on a grassy area along the highway, which passes through a residential section of the city.

Terrell Walker, safety director for Custom Bus Charters, which chartered the bus for the trip to Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, Miss., said the driver told him the bus swerved when it was cut off by another car. The bus originated in La Place, La. …

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