Over 30 Injured in Deadly California Bus Crash

Bus hit two other vehicles and flipped over while heading down mountain road

 

 
 
 

TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | | Monday, February 4, 2013

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YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) — At least eight people were killed and 38 injured when a tourist bus careened out of control down a California mountain road, struck a car, flipped over and hit a pickup truck, authorities said.

The accident occurred Sunday evening about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east of Los Angeles and left State Route 38 littered with debris, the bus sideways across two lanes and its front end crushed. Emergency crews were working to free passengers trapped in the bus, which was returning to Tijuana, Mexico, California Highway Patrol spokesman Mario Lopez said.

In the chaotic scene, authorities had a difficult time determining how many people were injured or killed. Lopez said at least eight and perhaps 10 were dead, and 38 were sent to hospitals.

The bus driver survived and told investigators the bus suffered brake problems as it headed down the mountain, Lopez said. It rear-ended a sedan and flipped, then struck a pickup truck pulling a trailer.

Lettering on the bus indicated it was operated by Scapadas Magicas LLC, a company based in National City, California. Federal transportation records show that the company is licensed to carry passengers for interstate travel and that it had no crashes in the past two years.

A call to the company was not immediately returned.

Jordi Garcia, a manager for InterBus Tours, said his company ran Sunday's trip. He told the U-T San Diego newspaper that 38 people departed Tijuana at 5 a.m. for a day of skiing at Big Bear.

It was not possible to immediately reconcile his number of people with other accounts.

Patients were taken to several area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center said it had treated six people, including two women who were discharged early Monday. The hospital said two other women were in critical condition while two other patients were stable.

The California crash comes less than a day after a bus carrying 42 high school students and chaperones slammed into an overpass in Boston. Massachusetts state police said 35 people were injured in that crash..

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Associated Press writers Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles, and Amanda Kwan and Bob Seavey in Phoenix contributed to this report.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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Deadly California Bus Crash

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Deadly California Bus Crash

A California Highway Patrol officer stands near the crash scene where at least eight people were killed and nearly two dozen were injured when a bus carrying a group from Tijuana, Mexico crashed with two other vehicles on its way back from Big Bear Lake on Highway 38 north of Yucaipa, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Both sides of the highway remained closed two and a half hours after the crash and it was unclear when it would reopen. (AP Photo/The Sun, Rick Sforza)


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Deadly California Bus Crash

Authorities work the scene where at least eight people were killed and nearly two dozen were injured when a bus carrying a group from Tijuana, Mexico crashed with two other vehicles on its way back from Big Bear Lake on Highway 38 north of Yucaipa, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Both sides of the highway remained closed two and a half hours after the crash and it was unclear when it would reopen. (AP Photo/The Sun, Rick Sforza)


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Deadly California Bus Crash

Emergency personnel assist victims at the scene of a bus crash near Forest Falls, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. A tour bus crashed with a pickup truck on a rural mountain highway in Southern California on Sunday night, killing multiple people and injuring dozens of others, a fire department spokesman said. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. near the town of Forest Falls, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said. (AP Photo/Riverside Press-Enterprise, Brian Rokos)


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Deadly California Bus Crash

Emergency personnel assist victims at the scene of a bus crash near Forest Falls, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. A tour bus crashed with a pickup truck on a rural mountain highway in Southern California on Sunday night, killing multiple people and injuring dozens of others, a fire department spokesman said. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. near the town of Forest Falls, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said. (AP Photo/Riverside Press-Enterprise, Brian Rokos)


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Deadly California Bus Crash

Investigators work at the scene, early Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, of the accident where at least eight people were killed and 38 people were injured Sunday after a tour bus carrying Mexican tourists careened out of control while traveling down a mountain road, striking a car, flipping and plowing into a pickup truck, near Yucaipa, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)


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Deadly California Bus Crash

Investigators examine body bags of victims near the scene where at least eight people were killed and 38 people were injured after a tour bus carrying a group from Tijuana, Mexico crashed with two other vehicles near Yucaipa, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


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Deadly California Bus Crash

Authorities work the scene of an accident where at least eight people were killed and 38 people were injured after a tour bus carrying a group from Tijuana, Mexico crashed with two other vehicles near Yucaipa, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)


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Deadly California Bus Crash

Victims of a fatal bus crash reach out to comfort each other in the wake of the crash where at least eight people were killed and nearly two dozen injured when a bus carrying a group from Tijuana, Mexico crashed with two other vehicles on its way back from Big Bear Lake on Highway 38 north of Yucaipa, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Both sides of the highway remained closed two and a half hours after the crash and it was unclear when it would reopen. (AP Photo/The Sun, Rick Sforza)



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