TX Bus Crash Death Toll Rises

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
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The death toll from yesterday's charter bus wreck in Texas has climbed to 17.

One of the injured survivors died Saturday at a hospital in Fort Worth.

Police have also released the 911 tapes. Witnesses who called in described a chaotic scene. They reported people screaming for help and bloody passengers crushed beneath the smoking wreckage.

One emergency call begins with a crash victim speaking in accented English over the screams and moans of other passengers.

The unlicensed bus was carrying 55 members of a Vietnamese-American church group from Houston to a religious festival in Missouri when a tire blew out.

The bus smashed into a guardrail and skidded off a highway near the Texas-Oklahoma state line.

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board says the tire that blew was an illegal retread. The bus itself was not licensed for charter service. And the driver's medical certification had expired.

The driver is among the injured survivors.

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