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A coroner says two people have died and several others are injured, some critically, after a tour bus overturned on an icy highway ramp in northern Mississippi.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2018 2:41 PM
Updated: Nov. 15, 2018 12:48 PM

Update 11/15/18 6 a.m.

A Mississippi official is identifying two women killed in a tour bus crash on an icy road near Memphis, Tennessee.

DeSoto County Coroner Joshua Pounders says the dead are 70-year-old Betty Russell and 61-year-old Cynthia Hardin, both of Huntsville, Alabama.

The two women died after a tour bus operated by Teague VIP Express overturned on Interstate 269 in Byhalia, about 35 miles (southeast of Memphis.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Johnny Poulos says witnesses told investigators that the driver lost control after crossing an icy overpass and the bus rolled over on the driver's side, coming to rest in the highway median.

Poulos says investigators haven't yet concluded how fast the bus was traveling.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A coroner says two people have died and several others are injured, some critically, after a tour bus overturned on an icy highway ramp in northern Mississippi.

DeSoto County sheriff's deputy Alex Coker said the tour bus carrying about 50 people overturned just after midday Wednesday south of Memphis, Tennessee. The crash came as a winter storm has been raking parts of the South.

The county coroner, Josh Pounders, says two people are confirmed dead in the crash where Interstate 269 meets with Interstate 22. He says that the injured have been taken to area hospitals, some in critical condition.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 269 in closed in both directions at the interchange.

The road agency reports icing on roads and bridges in 10 north Mississippi counties from a winter storm raking parts of the South.

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