Crews work to reconstruct fatal tour bus crash to see what caused it

Crews work to reconstruct fatal tour bus crash to see what caused it

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One week after this Mid-South bus crash killed two people and injured 44 more, investigators returned to the scene to begin reconstructing what went wrong.

Five passengers remain in local hospitals as families prepare to bury the two women who died in the crash.

Four of those bus passengers are still being treated at Regional One.

Another is under care at Baptist DeSoto, as a week passes with still no answers from Mississippi investigators.

On what is being called the busiest travel day of the year, Mississippi Highway Patrol investigators returned to a portion of I-269 to reconstruct the deadly events of last Wednesday.

The charter bus traveling southbound from Huntsville, Alabama to Tunica, Mississippi slid off the road and rolled onto its side as winter weather blanketed the area.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol reconstruction team took pictures Wednesday of the roadway as part of their investigation.

The crash killed 70-year-old Betty Jo Russell, a mother of four, grandmother of 14, and great-grandmother of 16.

Cynthia Hardin, 61, also died in the crash.

Both women will be laid to rest Saturday.

Steve Liggines with the Mid-South Camaro Club helped some of the passengers, including the husband of one of the women killed get back to Huntsville last week.

"They needed to get home, and somebody had to make it happen,” Liggines said.

Liggines said he’s happy he could help them in their time of need.

“They were in good spirits and we got them there safe,” Liggines said. “They wanted to be home with all of their injuries and everything. They wanted to get home and we were glad to help.”

There’s still no word on what caused the crash.

Last week, a Mississippi Department of Transportation Spokesperson said crews salted the northbound lanes of I-269 before winter weather hit, but it was not clear if crews made it to the southbound lanes before the crash.

"Since it’s a divided highway they treat one lane at a time, so I don’t know for certain if the southbound lane was treated before the accident,” said Jace Ponder with MDOT.

We asked MDOT if there was any update on whether or not the road had been treated.

MDOT said information would have to wait until after Highway Patrol wraps its investigation.

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