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Bus crash north of Dallas kills 14 headed to faith festival

Sherman_One more person has died in the crash of a charter bus in Texas, raising the toll to fourteen. 

The crash early Friday injured at least 40 more in a group of Vietnamese Catholic worshippers on their way from Houston to an annual pilgrimage at a Missouri church. Fifty-five people were on the bus.

Officials say the bus slammed onto its side and then skidded off U.S. 75 at about 12:45 a.m. early Friday near the Texas-Oklahoma line, then skidded across a guard rail before falling 15 feet and landing on its side.

Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says 12 people died on the scene and two in hospitals. At least six of the wounded were in critical condition.

The right front tire of the bus from Houston blew out, but officials were still investigating the cause of the accident.

"You can't tell anything anymore," police Lt. Robert Fair said from the scene. "We're not ruling out anything right now."

The bus had come to rest on its right side in the northbound lane of an access road. Workers righted the wreckage and loaded it onto a flatbed truck.

The accident happened less than a mile from the spot where a trucker crossed the median and killed 10 people five years ago.

The injured, including the driver of the bus, were rushed to several hospitals.

It was unclear if weather played a role in the accident. A National Weather Service meteorologist said there was some light rain in the area around midnight.

Northbound traffic on the highway was shut down as ambulances and helicopters used the roadway and median to ferry the injured to hospitals.

KHOU-TV quoted a Galveston/Houston archdiocese church official as saying many of those on the bus were from the Vietnamese Martyrs Church of Houston and were on their way to a religious festival in Carthage, Mo. At least four translators were brought to the scene, the Herald Democrat of Sherman reported.

The annual Marian Days Festival attracts tens of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics to Carthage from around the country each year.

Sherman is about 65 miles north of Dallas.

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