Several individuals were transported to an area hospital Thursday morning after a semi truck wrecked into a tour bus in Mayes County.
Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol stated that the wreck happened before 3:30 a.m. This was on U.S. Highway 69 near Pryor.
According to a news release, a tour bus with 40 individuals was stopping for railroad tracks when it was struck in the rear by a semi truck. A Missouri man had been driving the truck and was hauling an empty box trailer at the time.
We spoke with one passenger who says the whole thing was terrible. "I was asleep, then all the sudden, 'boom!', says Pedro Alva, Jr. "I heard people screaming, yelling, kids crying and smoke and all that. Panic. like a nightmare. Like a nightmare. Real bad. I've never experienced anything like this in my life, never. Wow! It's going to stay with me for forever," Alva says.
Emergency paramedics transported the semi truck driver to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition. Fourteen passengers on the bus received various injuries, but were reported to be in good condition at last check.
The rest of the passengers waited at the Red Cross until another bus could take them home.