UPDATE: 2 dead, 44 injured after bus from Huntsville crashes in Mississippi

A bus crashed while traveling on Interstate 269. Multiple people were injured.

Posted: Nov 14, 2018 3:18 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2018 6:54 PM

UPDATE: Several people remain in the hospital Thursday as a result of Wednesday's tour bus crash outside Memphis. WAAY 31 confirmed six people are receiving treatment in a trauma center at Regional One Health in Memphis.

The two Huntsville women killed in the crash were identified by Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol as 76-year-old Betty Russell and 61-year-old Cynthia Hardin.

Russell's family gave her photo to WAAY 31. She, her husband, her granddaughter and her granddaughter's fiance were on the bus. Her husband has a broken arm, contusion to the his head, and he is still in the hospital. The granddaughter has minor injuries, and her fiance was released from the hospital with broken bones.

The tour bus left Huntsville around 8:30 a.m. to Tunica, Mississippi, with a stop in Decatur to pick up additional passengers. The bus was expected to return back to Huntsville around 2 a.m. Thursday.

According to the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, on Wednesday at approximately 12:35 p.m., a south bound tour bus with 46 passengers crashed on I-269 in DeSoto County, Mississippi.

The crash injured 44 people who were sent to several different area hospitals with a variety of injuries. We know 19 of the 44 people hurt in the crash were taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven Mississippi. According to a hospital spokesman, at least three of those people were in serious condition at 10 p.m. on Wednesday night. Seven others were taken to a Hospital in Tennessee, and another 18 passengers were taken to Methodist Hospital Olive Branch in Mississippi.

A woman who survived the accident and was discharged from the Hospital said the bus was not speeding when it started to lose control.

"Scary! It was scary. I was watching the bus; like, it spun once and the second spin it started picking up speed. I mean, what could you do?" said Veronica Love.


The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department in Mississippi says approximately 50 people were on board a bus traveling on an Interstate 269 overpass when the bus lost control and crashed.

There was icy conditions on the roads and sleet falling in northern Mississippi. The call for the wreck came into officials at 12:27 p.m. There were multiple injuries, some severe. Multiple people were transported to the hospital.

WAAY 31's ABC affiliate station in Memphis says authorities at the scene told them the bus left from a senior center in Huntsville. The bus company, Teague VIP Express, posted its condolences to its Facebook page, which says the company is based in Anniston.

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