Four people were killed and seven seriously injured when a tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes onto the highway and triggered a bus crash Wednesday. The accident happened on Interstate 10 just west of Blythe around 2:15 a.m., officials said.
According to the California Department of Transportation, the accident started when the eastbound truck jackknifed, spilling its contents across all lanes in both directions.
The bus, heading westward, either swerved to avoid the pipes or struck them, then overturned, sliding over the shoulder and down a slight embankment, said Terri Kasinga, of the California Department of Transportation. Thirty-two passengers were on board traveling from El Paso to Los Angeles.
Four other vehicles were involved in the wreck, but it wasn’t clear if how many people were injured. The four fatalities occurred aboard the bus along with the seven seriously injured passengers. Fourteen other bus passengers sough medical attention for minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jason Gerard. The driver of the bus was unhurt. No names of those deceased or injured were released.
The company that owns the bus, El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express Inc., sent smaller charter buses to transport the uninjured victims.
So far, no criminal charges have been filed. Police are still investigating the crash.
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Source: Yahoo News