Thursday, November 19, 2009

Two dead, 21 injured as bus recurring from a casino runs off highway and rolls over in a ditch

AUSTIN, Minn. -- A tour bus recurring from an Iowa casino ran off a southern Minnesota interstate and rolled over in a ditch Wednesday, killing two public and injuring 21, authorities said. The bus, operated by Strain Bus Line Motorcoach Tours in Rochester, was eastbound on throughway 90 just west of Austin about 3:20 p.m. when it crossed into the westbound lanes and flipped over, Department of Public Safety spokesman Andy Skoogman said.

Traveler Ardell Swenson, 71, of Austin, said she was just putting her head back to rest when the crash happened. "When I got myself prearranged there was all kinds of red and white and blue lights flashing," she said. "There was goblet all over." The bus was carrying 23 people counting the driver, Skoogman said. He said 14 were taken to Austin Medical Center and six to a hospital in close by Albert Lea. The driver was airlifted to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Skoogman had no information on circumstances of those injured or particulars about those killed.

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