3 killed, several injured in Mississippi bus crash

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A casino bus full of tourists overturned

in northwestern Mississippi on Sunday, killing three people and

injuring several others.

The bus belonged to Harrah's Tunica and was carrying 43 people

when it flipped over in a median at an intersection in Tunica,

Tunica County spokesman Larry Liddell said.

Tourists on the bus were headed to the airport for a flight to

South Carolina, where many were from, officials said.

The bus was the only vehicle involved in the accident, which was

still under investigation, Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Leslie

White said.

The injured passengers were taken to hospitals in Memphis,

Tenn., about 35 miles to the north.

Twenty-seven people were taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital,

spokesman Thomas Whitehead said. One was in critical condition and

five were being held for observation. The rest had what Whitehead

described as minor injuries.

Messages left at Regional Medical Center in Memphis were not

immediately returned.

Harrah's Entertainment operates 50 casinos worldwide, including

three in Tunica: Harrah's Tunica, Horseshoe Casino and the Sheraton

Casino & Hotel. The area along the Mississippi River in the

northwest corner of the state is best known for its bustling


"At this time, we're focusing on the health and welfare of the

guests involved in this tragic accident," company officials said

in a statement. The company set up a telephone hot line to give

information and assistance to relatives of the crash victims.


Harrah's bus crash information line: 1-800-946-4946

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