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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Elderly Passengers Die

NEW ORLEANS -- A chartered bus carrying elderly members of a casino club on a Mother's Day gambling excursion ran off a highway and crashed, killing 23 people, authorities said.

Seventeen were hospitalized, some in critical condition, and two were released after emergency room treatment.

Mayor Marc Morial said it was the worst traffic accident in New Orleans' history.

The bodies were not all removed until Sunday afternoon, four hours after the crash. A police officer said 19 people died at the scene and three at hospitals.

Terrell Walker, safety director for Custom Bus Charters, which chartered the bus for the trip, said the driver told him the bus swerved when it was cut off by another car.