UPDATE: Huntsville victims of bus crash identified


The two women who died when a tour bus crashed en route from Huntsville, AL to Tunica, MS have been identified.

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, they are Cynthia Hardin, 61, of Huntsville, AL and Betty Russell, 76, of Huntsville, AL.

Mississippi authorities are working to gather information on the names and residency of the other people involved on the crash, who are at five hospitals in two states.

44 people were injured in the crash that killed the two women.

According to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, at about 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday, a tour bus carrying 46 people from Huntsville, AL to Tunica, MS crashed. As a result, there were 44 injuries and two fatalities. The injured were taken to several different hospitals with a wide variety of injuries.

19 were taken to Baptist DeSoto. Three of them in serious condition, 16 are undetermined. They are all being treated or evaluated.

18 were taken to Methodist Olive Branch. Their conditions are not available at this time.

Other victims were taken to Regional One. There is no information available on victims or conditions.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says that Weather conditions were a contributing factor in the crash which is currently being investigated by their agency.

The bus is reportedly owned by Teague VIP Express out of Anniston, AL. They have confirmed they have someone en route to the scene.

The company released a statement on the accident, saying, “Our hearts and prayers go out to victims of this tragedy. Please keep everyone involved and families in your prayers.”

There is no word yet on the identities of those injured.

WZDX will have more information as it becomes available.

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