Rita Evac Bus Explodes

Via Sister Toldjah.

DALLAS — As many as 20 nursing home patients were killed early Friday when a busload of elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees from Houston caught fire then was rocked by a series of explosions on gridlocked Interstate 45, a Dallas County Sheriff’s spokesman said.

The bus loaded with 43 passengers was engulfed with flames, causing a 17-mile backup on a freeway that was already heavily congested with evacuees from the Gulf Coast.

“Deputies were unable to get everyone off the bus,” spokesman Don Peritz said. “We believe it’s gonna be closer to 20 fatalities.”

A Dallas County Medical Examiner told KXAS-TV that they are expecting as many as 24 fatalities.

That’s really, really sucky. I feel for their relatives. They probably weren’t expecting their relatives to die on a bus while being evacuated. It’s sort of ironic in a kinda sick way. heh. The local NBC affiliate in Dallas has a slideshow of the remains of the bus, they’ll most likely have updates as they’re available also. Dr. Steven Taylor at PoliBlog has the sad news too.

If this isn’t enough for you, check out what Basil is serving for breakfast this morning.