Accident survivor describes chaotic bus crash

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 10:14 AM

IRVING –– Most of the 13 accident victims rushed to Baylor Medical Center at Irving after the horrific bus crash Thursday morning have been discharged.

Hospital staff said only three remained as of Friday morning. None of the senor citizen patients, all said to be in their 60s or older, suffered anything but "moderate" injuries, according to the hospital.

Daniel Risik, 73, left the hospital after a few hours on Thursday.

The Air Force Veteran said he was picked up by the charter bus in Fort Worth early Thursday morning bound for a casino in Oklahoma.

After making another stop near Euless and Bedford, he said the bus suddenly crashed and flipped over leaving dozens of people trapped.

"There was lots of blood there, and people bleeding from the face. It was a pretty goring scene." he said.

Risik and others were transported to Baylor Medical Center at Irving by a DART bus.  One patient came via ambulance.

Risik said he saw some victims who didn't appear to be moving at all. At least two people are confirmed dead.

"I feel...very fortunate," he said.

Baylor said it shifted into overdrive as soon as it heard patients were coming its way. Staff alerted different doctors and nurses.

Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas recieved 15 patients, including the driver. Another two patients were taken to Baylor Medical Center at Dallas. 

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