As daylight begins to break Wednesday on what was deemed a “chaotic” scene on Tuesday by Biloxi police Chief John Miller, federal investigators are making their way to Biloxi to investigate a crash between a charter bus and a CSX train.
National Transportation Safety Board staffers were at the scene of the crash at 8:30 a.m. The state Department of Transportation also has joined the investigation.
The NTSB held a press conference in Washington, D.C., early Wednesday morning. NTSB team member Robert Sumwalt addressed the media about 5:15 a.m. from DCA Airport Hangar 6.
According to Time Warner Cable News in Austin, Sumwalt made the following points during his address:
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▪ The NTSB team consists of experts in several fields, looking at highway factors, bus operations, survival factors and recordings
▪ The train most likely had a forward-facing camera; motorcoach might have
▪ NTSB Office of Disaster Assistance jis working with victims and families
▪ They have not visited the site yet, but plan to Wednesday morning after meeting with local officials
▪ Will have more briefings from Biloxi, likely Wednesday afternoon
▪ Early pictures show damage to train was minimal; they are confident there are image recordings of the crash
▪ There are about 2,200 grade crossing accidents in the U.S. each year
▪ There was an accident involving a delivery driver’s truck at this same crossing two months ago — he escaped the vehicle before the collision