JACKSON, Miss. -- A casino bus full of tourists, many of them from South Carolina, overturned in northwestern Mississippi on Sunday, killing three people and injuring dozens of others.
Tourists on the bus were headed to the airport for a chartered flight to South Carolina, officials said.
One of the passengers killed was a Charleston resident, according to the Charleston Post and Courier's Web site.
The bus, which belonged to Harrah's Tunica, was carrying 43 people when it flipped over in a median at an intersection in Tunica, Miss.,Tunica County spokesman Larry Liddell said.
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The bus's roof partially collapsed in the single-vehicle accident. Its windows were knocked out. Officials said it was raining at the time, but they would not speculate on whether that contributed to the crash.
The identities of the passengers who were killed were not immediately released.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier Web site, one of the passengers killed was a Charleston resident.
A second Harrah's bus continued to the airport, where a charter plane took the passengers on their scheduled flight back to Charleston.
Twenty-seven injured people were taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven, Miss., spokesman Thomas Whitehead said. One was in critical condition, and five were being held for observation. The rest had what Whitehead described as minor injuries.
A report on the Web site of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal said that four people were taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.
Two of those were in critical condition -- 69-year-old Miranda Winn and Jenny Whitener, no age available. Two were in fair condition -- 63-year-old John Freshwater and an unidentified white female in her 50s. The hometowns of these injured were not available.
Harrah's Entertainment operates 50 casinos worldwide, including three in Tunica: Harrah's Tunica, Horseshoe Casino and the Sheraton Casino & Hotel. The area along the Mississippi River in the northwest corner of the state is best known for its bustling casinos.
"At this time, we're focusing on the health and welfare of the guests involved in this tragic accident," company officials said in a statement. The company set up a telephone hot line to give information and assistance to relatives of the crash victims.
The passengers were in Mississippi on a promotional trip offered by the casino, said Harrah's spokesman Patrick Collins.
The passengers, officials said, were scheduled to fly into Charleston International Airport on Sunday afternoon.
Liddell said Harrah's advertises gambling packages in other states and hosts about 60 chartered flights a month.
The number for Harrah's bus crash information line is 1-800-946-4946.