IRVING - At least two people were confirmed dead and others injured in a charter bus crash on northbound State Highway 161 near the N. Belt Line Rd. exit in Irving.
"There is a lot of people hurt, pinned under the bus," said Robert Hare, a witness at the scene who attempted to help rescue people from the overturned bus before rescue crews got to the scene.
Trapped passengers were pulled from the overturned bus and others were treated in areas to the side of the wreckage. It is still unclear how many people were injured or if there are any more trapped passengers. Both northbound and southbound lanes of 161 have been shut down.
"All I really saw from the distance was a bunch of smoke," said a witness who was driving on the southbound lanes of 161. "The bus must have hit something, turned on its side, crashed and slid all the way to the guardrail."
The witness said he saw one person trapped underneath the bus.
"There is a lot of people hurt, pinned under the bus," said Robert Heir, another witness at the scene who attempted to help rescue people from the wreckage before rescue crews got to the scene.
He said rescue crews came to the scene about four to five minutes after the bus crashed.
Several ambulances and one CareFlite helicopter are at the scene. It is unknown how many people were injured in the crash.
The bus is owned by Cardinal Coach Line, based in Mansfield.