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2 dead after bus crash at Fla. airport; 3 critical

This article was originally published December 1, 2012 at 9:48 a.m. Updated December 1, 2012 at 11:28 a.m.

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Emergency personnel attend to injured passengers after a bus accident at Miami International Airport on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 in Miami. Officials say a bus has hit an overpass, killing at least one person and injuring more than two-dozen people on board. Airport spokesman Greg Chin says the large, white bus hit the overpass going into the airport's arrivals section on Saturday morning. The bus was going about 20 mph when it clipped the roof entrance.

Raw: 2 Dead in Miami Airport Bus Crash

A bus carrying more than 30 people hit an overpass at Miami International Airport, killing two people on board and leaving three others critically injured, officials said Saturday.
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— A bus carrying more than 30 people hit a concrete overpass at Miami International Airport, killing two people on board and leaving three others critically injured, officials said Saturday.

The large, white bus was too tall for the 8-foot-6-inch entrance to the arrivals area, said airport spokesman Greg Chin. Buses are supposed to go through the departures area, which has a higher ceiling, he said.

Two large signs warn drivers of large vehicles not to enter beneath the concrete overpass. One attached to the top of the concrete barrier reads: "High Vehicle STOP Turn Left." The other, placed to the left of the driveway several feet in front of the barrier, says all vehicles higher than the 8-foot-6 threshold must turn left.

Three people were at hospitals in critical condition. The other 27 passengers had been hurt, but their injuries were less extensive, authorities said.

The body of one dead passenger was pulled from the bus late Saturday morning; the second person died after being taken to a hospital.

Fire trucks and police cars swarmed the area Saturday morning, and the bus was blocked off by yellow police tape. A white cooler that had been filled with water bottles was on its side behind the bus, the front of which remained wedged beneath the overpass Saturday.

The bus was privately owned and typically used for tours, though police believe all the passengers were local residents, not tourists, said Miami-Dade police Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz. The bus' ultimate destination was not yet known, but the driver was unfamiliar with the area near the airport and did not intend to wind up at the arrivals area, Cordero-Stutz said. The driver was being interviewed by investigators, she said.

The bus was going about 20 mph when it hit the overpass Saturday morning, Chin said.

The bus resembles others commonly used for charters and tours, with the driver seated low to the ground and passenger seats in an elevated area behind the driver's seat. It was not immediately clear who owned the bus.

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Bart says... December 1, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.

When will the Congress, Dept. of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board, etc. get around to doing something about the highway carnage caused by these private charter busses and underoaid, unqualified drivers? almost daily we read of another bus crash killing and injuring innocent, trusting people. Crash a two seat Cessena airplane and they are all over it. Crash a bus, they pick up the bodies, sweep up debris, couple of years later fine the owner if the owner can be found and back to business as usual. Meanwhile, next day the company goes out of business, opens next week under another name and continues operating. Carnage on our highways is simply ignored. Shameful.

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