By Calvin Palmer
Two people were killed and at least 30 others injured when a bus heading for Mexico overturned this morning on a Texas highway.
The accident occurred around 10 o’clock as the bus, with 40 people on board, was traveling south along Interstate 37 about 45 miles south of San Antonio, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger.
The bus veered off the road before swerving back across the interstate and into the median, where it landed on its side scattering luggage, pillows and purse across the median.
The emergency management coordinator for Atascosa County, Chuck Garris, said most of the passengers were adults, although there were a few children. He believed a man and woman were killed.
“People were all sitting on the grass stunned, wondering what happened,” Garris said. “It was a mess.”
Investigators believe equipment failure may have caused the crash.
“The driver said she heard a loud pop and then lost control of the vehicle,” Vinger said.
At least 30 people from the bus were taken to area hospitals, some with serious injuries, he added.
Twenty-four passengers were in stable condition at South Texas Regional Medical Center in Atascosa County. One person was later airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio, said a hospital spokesperson.
Two passengers were transported directly from the crash site to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, and at least four others were taken to University Hospital in San Antonio. The condition of those patients was not immediately known.
The bus, carrying Mexican and American passengers was headed from San Antonio to Matamoros, Mexico, near the U.S. border. It is operated by Americanos USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dallas-based Greyhound Lines Inc.
As spokesperson for the company said two buses have been dispatched to the accident scene from San Antonio to pick up uninjured passengers. One will take those who want to continue the trip to Mexico, and the other will carry those who want to return to San Antonio.