HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WVUE) - An accident involving a wrecked bus on Interstate 10 eastbound at the Louisiana-Mississippi state line left 26 injured and traffic at a standstill on Friday afternoon.
The crash happened near Mile Marker 1, close to the exit to John C. Stennis Space Center.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said the bus ran off the interstate, hitting a sign and then a tree.
American Medical Response has confirmed 24 people were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. At least one person was flown to University Medical Center in New Orleans and another was taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL.
A state trooper said none of the injures were life threatening.
The bus was driving from New Orleans and headed to Harrah’s Gulf Coast in Biloxi.
“Right now our thoughts are with those that were injured in the accident, and we are working with law enforcement to aid in their investigation in any way possible,” the casino said in a statement.
Golden Gulf is the name of the bus company involved and is located on the Mississippi coast. It only has one vehicle in its fleet, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The company was cited in November for a vehicle maintenance violation, indicating the vehicle had “No or defective bus emergency exits.”
St. Tammany Parish Fire Dist. 1 is assisting Mississippi officials. Other units responding included Acadian Ambulance, AMR, Hancock County Fire and Rescue, and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
One lane of the interstate reopened around 3 p.m.