IRVING, TX (CBSDFW.COM) - Emergency crews responded to the scene of a overturned bus in Irving on Thursday morning. The incident happened shortly after 9:00 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike, near Belt Line Road.
State Trooper Kyle Bradford said that 34 people were on the bus when it crashed and one person was even trapped in the wreckage. "There was one individual that was pinned in," Bradford said. "That individual has since been removed, still trying to confirm condition of that individual. As far as the 34, we haven't been able to total as far as how many people have been injured. We do know that the individual that was actually pinned in is very serious at this time."
Several other passengers were injured and have already been transported to area hospitals, including 15 victims taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas by air ambulance. The others were tranported by ground ambulance or DART buses that arrived to offer assistance. Two passengers died, according to Texas DPS officials on the scene.
Michael Rey with the North Texas Tollway Authority confirmed that it was a private travel bus that crashed. The bus belongs to Cardinal Coach Line from Mansfield. The company has experienced no crashes within the past two years and has earned 'satisfactory' safety rating. They have only been in business since March 2007.
Authorities from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Irving Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit are working on the scene, with the Texas DPS taking charge in the investigation.
Traffic in both directions along the toll road has been shut down while crews are on the scene.