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One dead after busload of Hurricane Katrina evacuees overturns

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One dead after busload of Hurricane Katrina evacuees overturns
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One dead after busload of Hurricane Katrina evacuees overturns

The Associated Press
September 02. 2005 8:17PM

One Hurricane Katrina evacuee died and many others were injured when a bus carrying them from the Superdome swerved across a highway median and overturned Friday.

The accident happened when the driver lost control of the bus, but other details about what caused the wreck were not immediately known, said Trooper Willie Williams, spokesman for the state police.

Between 45 and 50 people were on the bus; every one was transported to a hospital, he said. Lt. Lawrence McLeary, who spoke at a briefing in Baton Rouge, said 17 of the passengers were injured.

"We have multiple critical injuries and multiple serious injuries and some minor injuries," Williams said.

The bus overturned about 130 miles west of New Orleans.

The bus was the last of five charter buses in a convoy from New Orleans. It was unclear where the storm victims were being taken.

Mike Sawyer, 56, of San Diego, Calif., was a passenger on the bus but was not injured. He said he didnīt see what caused the accident.

Sawyer, who had been visiting New Orleans when the hurricane hit, spent five days in the Superdome. After all the hardship of the past several days - just to end up in an accident on the way to apparent safety - Sawyer said: "Isnīt that a jinx? Or itīs just a coincidence. Thatīs what I think."