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
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
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