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Mar 12, 2011 5:53 PM by CBS New York

14 dead in Bronx bus crash

Fourteen people died on Saturday when a bus returning from a casino flipped onto its side on I-95 in the Bronx and was sliced in half by the support pole for a large sign.

The bus driver told police he lost control after being clipped by a tractor trailer.

Police began a search for the truck, which did not stop after the crash, according to New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.

There were at least 31 passengers aboard the bus and many of the injuries were the result of severe head trauma.

The bus began swerving, toppled and crashed into the support post for a highway sign indicating the exit for the Hutchinson Parkway. The stanchion entered through the front window, then sheared the bus from front to back along the window line, cutting like a knife through the seating area and peeling the roof off all the way to the back tires.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the bus was in the center lane and the truck was in the left lane at the time of the accident. "The truck either starts to swerve or perhaps even hits the bus. We're not certain at this time," he said.

Kelly said authorities had a partial license plate number of the tractor trailer and were attempting to locate it and the driver.

The bus, operated by the charter company World Wide Tours, was headed to Chinatown returning from the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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