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Friday, September 23, 2005

Pre-Hurricane Hell

Posted by on September 23 at 9:30 AM

You know what’s a million times worse than being an elderly nursing home resident shoved onto a bus with your oxygen tank so you can flee an impending hurricane?

Being an elderly nursing home resident shoved onto a bus to flee an impending hurricane when your oxygen tank explodes, accelerating a fire that kills you and 23 other nursing home evacuees.

This nightmare scenario occurred this morning outside Dallas, on in a chartered bus filled with elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees (many of whom used supplementary oxygen) who’d left a suburban Houston nursing home for facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Thursday.

Authorities told the Associated Press that the bus apparently caught fire due to a mechanical problem, after which the oxygen tanks started exploding.

Horrible full story here.