Two Texas bus victims released from Louisiana medical center

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 16, 2003

[10/16/03]Two of the seven people injured Monday in a tourist bus and tractor-trailer crash near Tallulah have been released from a Louisiana hospital.

Mary Barton Robinson, 74, and Jim Robinson, 70, who are not related, were released from the North Monroe Medical Center, a spokesman said.

Today also was the day of the first funeral for one of the eight who died. Services for Jean Demere, 74, were set for 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in San Angelo, Texas.

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The group of 15 senior citizens from the west Texas towns of Eldorado, Water Valley and San Angelo was traveling on a 16-day trip to sites in Alabama, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. The trip was sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Eldorado, of which five were members.

Their bus crashed into an 18-wheeler that was parked on the side of Interstate 20 near Tallulah at about 11 a.m. Monday.

Still hospitalized this morning were:

Mabel Blaylock, in serious condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.

Her husband, Billy Frank Blaylock, fair, University Medical Center in Jackson.

Dana Owens, 75, fair, River Region Medical Center.

Olean Stricklan, 70, good, River Region.

Ken Thomas, 66, good, River Region.

Most funerals will be Friday.

Services for Laverne Shannon, 76, of Water Valley, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Water Valley.

Services for Jimmie Teel, 68, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Water Valley Methodist Church.

Services for the Eldorado residents who died will be Friday at the town’s First Baptist Church.

On Friday, a funeral for husband and wife Kennith and Betty Richardson will be at 11 a.m. Mary Ruth Robinson’s will be at 2 p.m., and Delia and Domingo Pina’s will be at 4 p.m.