Evacuee bus explodes as Rita closes in, 24 feared dead




 
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September 23rd, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 

Topic: Evacuee bus explodes as Rita closes in, 24 feared dead


It does not get much sadder than stories like this one.

Evacuee bus explodes as Rita closes in
24 people feared dead in blast near Dallas


HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- A bus caught fire and exploded early Friday on a crowded Texas interstate, killing as many as 24 people who were fleeing ahead of Hurricane Rita.

The bus, carrying about 45 elderly evacuees, burst into flames on Interstate 45 south of Dallas. It pulled over and people were getting off when a series of explosions ripped through the bus.

Dallas County Sheriff's Sgt. Don Peritz said 14 or 15 people got off the bus and said as many as 24 people may have died.

Peritz said the fire was believed to have started in the bus's brake system and may have caused oxygen canisters on the bus to explode...

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September 23rd, 2005  
Springfield
 
 
It's sad to hear this. It's also sad to hear that another hurricane is heading towards Texas. I think it's supposed to hit tomorrow at some point. I hope everyone actually evacuates. Better to lose your home than to die.
September 23rd, 2005  
DTop
 
 
That's right Bazooka, hurricane Rita is the reason for the evacuation. That was certainly a very unfortunate event on that bus.
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