At 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, a group of very tired and shaken up senior citizens pulled in to the Bastrop First National Bank in a new charter bus.
Their fun 2-day Louisiana casino trip took a scary turn on Wednesday.
About 100 seniors from the Bastrop Senior Center were on the way to the Coushatta Casino Resort in Louisiana for a short, fun little trip. They take them often. They were traveling in two charter buses. According to Louisiana state troopers, Wednesday afternoon a truck driven by a 67-year-old man failed to yield the right of way to one of the groups buses so the bus plowed into it.
Thursday as the group got back into town they shared their story with us.
"That truck got right in front of us and that was it, buddy. But we did have a real good bus driver thank God," said Ray Longoria.
"The bus was on fire and the car was on fire. Flames in front and they put it out with a fire extinguisher and the water truck was there, EMS. It's...I'm just glad nobody else got hurt," said Mack Morgan.
We also spoke with Mack's wife Beverly. She says a retired APD officer was on the bus and because it was on fire told everyone to get off. So because they couldn't get out the front door they had to go through the windows.
She says the bus driver was helping people get out until firemen got there.
"He was there and I put my hands on his shoulders and he grabbed me and I just slid down and he stood me up. Cause if I had jumped like our friend Billy did, she broke a leg. She had no one to catch her, she just jumped," she said.
Beverly says the firemen got there soon and then her husband who had been helping people on the inside got to walk out of the door.
We're told the only person still in the Louisiana hospital is the lady that broke her leg jumping out.
Troopers say the wreck is still being investigated.
The driver of the truck was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Meanwhile the Bastrop folks are all very thankful they were ok and that it wasn't any worse than it was.