24 Evacuees Dead

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24 Evacuees Dead
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Nevyn
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Friday, September 23, 2005 12:22 pm


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Bus Carrying Elderly Storm Evacuees Explodes Near Dallas

By LAURA GRIFFIN and VIKAS BAJAJ
Published: September 23, 2005
WILMER, Tex., Sept. 23 - A bus carrying elderly evacuees from an assisted living center in Houston was rocked by multiple explosions on its way to Dallas early this morning, killing at least 24 elderly residents.,

Jeff Mitchell/Reuters
The remains of the bus outside Dallas.

Hurricane Rita
As the storm nears possible landfall early Saturday, officials are warning of the potential for widespread damage.

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

The remains of the bus outside Dallas.
The bus was carrying 45 people - 38 residents, 6 staff members and the driver - from Brighton Gardens of Bellaire, an assisted living center in Bellaire, a suburb southwest of Houston, when it caught fire on Interstate 45, the main highway connecting Dallas and Houston. The explosions occurred near Wilmer, a suburb about 15 miles from downtown Dallas.