- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2008

DALLAS (AP) – A charter bus ran off a highway overpass north of Dallas and crashed onto its side on a roadway below, authorities said. Reports said as many as 13 were killed.

The bus carrying 55 people to Missouri from Houston may have blown a tire, said Sherman police Lt. Robert Fair.

The Dallas Morning News and KHOU-TV quoted Sherman police as saying 12 adults died at the scene and another died at a Dallas hospital.

The Herald Democrat of Sherman reported the bus came to a rest on its right side in the northbound lane of an access road below U.S. 75.

The accident happened at 12:45 a.m. Friday, Fair said. Scores of injured were being rushed to Sherman and Dallas hospitals via helicopter ambulances.

A spokeswoman at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman said it was treating 17 patients. A spokesman with Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas said four people from the crash are in critical condition there. Another person brought to the hospital has died. It was unclear whether that person was counted among the 12 police said are dead.

Northbound traffic on the highway was shut down as ambulances and helicopters used the roadway and median to ferry the injured to hospitals.

KHOU-TV quoted a Galveston/Houston archdiocese church official as saying many of those on the bus were from the Vietnamese Martyrs Church of Houston and were on their way to a religious festival in Carthage, Mo. At least four translators were brought to the scene, the Herald Democrat reported.

The accident happened less than a mile from the spot where a trucker crossed the median and killed 10 people five years ago.

Sherman is about 65 miles north of Dallas.

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