A tour bus with senior citizens returning from a casino outing in Iowa rolled over on I-90 near Austin, Minn. There are reports of some deaths and nearly two dozen injuries.
The Austin Post-Bulletin news site reports:
A Strain Motorcoach Tours bus has crashed and is on its side in the westbound lane of I-90, about 2 miles west of Austin in Freeborn County.
There are reports of 22 injured and people trapped under the bus. Six medical helicopters are en route, as well as a number of ambulances
At least six emergency agencies have responded. Traffic along I-90 was backed up in both directions for more than two miles.
Firefighters entered the bus by pulling off the windshield since the bus had settled on its right side, blocking the door. The bus was apparently eastbound at the time of the crash and crossed the median, coming to rest in the ditch along westbound lanes, facing east.
One Mayo Clinic helicopter left the scene at 3:40 p.m. Two more medical helicopters left the scene at 4 p.m. There were reports of six helicopters en route to the scene. Multiple ambulances have left the scene. As of 4:10 p.m., it appeared all of the injured passengers have been removed from the bus.
The injured were being transported to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester and to Albert Lea Medical Center in Albert Lea. Mayo Clinic in Rochester has declared a "code yellow," a status that alerts employees to prepare for multiple trauma patients.
The bus returning from Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa. Eighteen passengers were signed up for the weekly Wednesday trip, according to a Strain Motorcoach Tours spokesman. The bus picks up passengers in Rochester, Byron, Kasson and Blooming Prairie.