IRVING, Texas — At least two people were killed and 41 were hospitalized Thursday after a charter bus careened off a North Texas highway and turned onto its side, drawing a large emergency response as crews struggled to reach victims inside, authorities said.
The Cardinal Coach Line bus was carrying mostly senior citizens when it suddenly weaved across the busy highway, struck two concrete barriers, and toppled over in the center median, witnesses said. The wreck occurred along President George Bush Turnpike in Irving, just east of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
‘‘It was pretty bad, people screaming,’’ said motorist Ed Cluck. He said he popped the bus’s roof hatches and helped about six people escape. ‘‘It was just people stacked on top of each other,’’ he said.
The bus, which was carrying about 45 people, was on its way to a casino in Oklahoma, authorities said. The wreck occurred near an interchange, snarling traffic for miles.