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The Latest: Witness: 'Body pieces were thrown everywhere'

Responders works the scene where a train hit a bus in Biloxi, Miss., Tuesday, March 7, 2017. A freight train smashed into a charter bus in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Tuesday, pushing the bus 300 feet down the tracks authorities said. Authorities worked for more than an hour to remove passengers, Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said, taking the injured people to area hospitals and cutting through the bus’s mangled body to extract the final two people. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest on the deadly collision between a freight train and a bus in Biloxi, Mississippi (all times local):

7 a.m.

A witness says the conductor of a freight train was slowing down and trying to stop before colliding with a charter bus, but still slammed into it.

Four people were killed and more than three dozen injured in the Tuesday afternoon collision in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Biloxi native Mark Robinson tells WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/2mipklH ) that he saw passengers who were trying to get off the bus either thrown beneath it or run over by the train. He says "body pieces were thrown everywhere."

Authorities said it took more than an hour to get everyone aboard the bus out of the wreckage. Two people had to be removed with metal-cutting equipment.

The CSX Transportation locomotive pushed the bus about 300 feet before coming to a stop with the mangled bus still straddling the tracks.

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6:30 a.m.

Bystanders say they rushed to try and help passengers on a charter bus after a train smashed into it in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The collision on Tuesday afternoon killed four people and injured more than three dozen others.

Buddy Pitts tells WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/2n5CMth ) that he crawled between the train's wheels to try and reach a woman whose legs were stuck beneath the train. Pitts said she was conscious, and he was able to speak with her as firefighters and others worked to free the passengers.

The crossing is on a steep embankment and has a sign warning drivers that it has a low ground clearance.

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5:45 a.m.

A passenger on a bus carrying Texas tourists says he and his wife tried to get out as the train bore down on the bus stopped on tracks in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Jim DeLaCruz, who was in the back of the bus with his wife, says the bus got stuck on the tracks. He tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2mg9WGz ) that he and his wife were trying to get off, but the train "just kept coming."

The train slammed into the bus Tuesday, killing four people and injuring more than three dozen others. Authorities said that seven of those hurt were critically injured.

The crossing is on a steep embankment and has a sign warning drivers that it has a low ground clearance.

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3:15 a.m.

A freight train crashed into a bus full of Texas tourists visiting Gulf Coast casinos, killing four in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Forty people were hurt, seven critically. The cause of the Tuesday afternoon crash is under investigation.

Witnesses told Mississippi news outlets the bus appeared to have been stuck on the tracks when it was hit. The crossing is on a steep embankment and has a sign warning drivers that it has a low ground clearance.

Authorities on the scene said it took more than an hour to get everyone aboard the bus out of the wreckage. Two people had to be removed with metal-cutting equipment. The CSX Transportation locomotive pushed the bus about 300 feet before coming to a stop with the mangled bus still straddling the tracks.

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