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December 1, 2012

One dead, several injured after bus hit overpass at Miami International Airport

Several people have been injured and one is dead after the top of a tour bus entering Miami International Airport hit an overpass at the airport's arrivals entrance.

There were 30 to 35 people on the bus and some suffered "major injuries," said Greg Chin, a spokesman for the aviation department.

About a dozen fire trucks and six ambulances blocked the airport entrance, and traffic entering the airport was delayed about 30 to 40 minutes as of 9 a.m.

As of 9:30 a.m., a body was still trapped near the driver's seat, which was crushed.

Mike Barber, who was running late to his flight to Los Angeles with American Airlines, was calm.

"There are worse things than losing a flight," he said.

People arriving from their flights were peeking from their windows to get a view of the scene.

On the first floor, in arrivals, a crashed white bus with the top missing over the driver's seat was parked. Shattered glass covered the floor.

The back side emergency door was missing and a bus chair was on the ground.

"You would think the driver should have know his bus was too high," Susan Lillis said, flying in from Baltimore. "You would think he would have been here before."

Ricardo Fernandez an employee at the airport brought bottles of water, granola bars and other snacks out for police officers and rescue.

The luggage had been removed from the bus' inferior level.

The top two rows of the bus were under the rubble. About 9:40 a.m., traffic homicide investigators arrived. Two men dressed in light forest green entered the bus with clip boards. One was wearing black pants and a white dress shirt. Firefighters holding a large hose stood by.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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