Maybe They will Blame Bush Because These People Died

People in the Southeastern part of Texas have been evacuating since earlier this week. This, it is alleged, is because of the slow response to Katrina. This part of Texas has done this before and with good leadership, know what they are doing. Unfortunately, 24 elderly evacuees were killed in a bus fire while being evacuated:

A fire in a chartered bus filled with elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees, including some who used oxygen, has killed 24 people near Dallas Friday.

Authorities said the bus apparently caught fire due to a mechanical problem, and that oxygen tanks then started exploding on gridlocked Interstate 45.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Don Peritz said deputies couldn’t get everyone off the flaming bus. It carried about 45 people from a nursing home in Bellaire, an upscale enclave within Houston. They had been on the road since Thursday.

Peritz said permission was given to remove the charred hulk of the bus from the northbound lane with the bodies still on board, shrouded by tarps. The crowded interstate is a primary Hurricane Rita evacuation route.

The bus was reduced to a blackened, burned-out shell, surrounded by numerous police cars and ambulances.

Peritz said the driver and arriving deputies tried to rescue as many passengers from the bus as possible but couldn’t save everybody.

He said the bus left a nursing home in the Houston suburb of Bellaire Thursday, headed for facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The fire caused a 17-mile backup on a freeway that was already heavily congested with evacuees from the Gulf Coast.

State officials said northbound traffic is being diverted off of Interstate 45 onto U.S. Highway 287 at Ennis, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas.

Interstate 45 stretches more than 250 miles from Galveston through Houston to Dallas. NBC 5 Dallas

I wonder how long it will be before George Bush gets blamed for the deaths because he evacuated the people too early. If the place they were evacuated from does not get much damage we will never hear the end of it. It is a bit of irony that people heading from danger were killed.

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