UPDATE 9:40 P.M. — Authorities have released the names of the two people who died in the accident.
According to Sergeant Joseph Miller, Cythnia Hardin, 72, of Huntsville and Betty Russell, 86, of Huntsville were both pronounced dead this afternoon.
Other passengers who were injured in the accident are at five different hospitals in two different states,. It was not specified on which ones.
As this story develops, we will update.
DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (WATN/WIAT) — Two people are dead and dozens more injured after a tour bus from Alabama crashed in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
It happened just about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at I-269 and Highway 78. Authorities say the bus was southbound on I-269 traveling from Huntsville, Alabama to Tunica, Mississippi, when it crashed due to icy conditions.
46 people were on board the bus. Two people were killed, and 44 others injured. We are told some of those injuries are severe.
Anniston-based tour bus company Teague VIP Express confirms that they are responding to the scene of the crash.
A person who answered the phone at the company reportedly said, “We are concerned about our passengers.”
We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you more as it becomes available.