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Fifty-Two Injured when Southern California Tour Bus Overturned Thursday

282-1pD9rb_St_55.jpg More than fifty people were injured Thursday when a tour bus carrying individuals to an Indian casino overturned after sideswiping a car on a Southern California freeway east of Los Angeles. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh, the bus driver made an “unsafe lane change” into the left lane, struck a car, “and then overcorrected to the right.” The bus skidded across the freeway, went through a chain-link fence, and fell down a dirt embankment, coming to a rest on its right side between the freeway and railroad tracks.

Ambulances and helicopters quickly converged on the scene on Interstate 210 in Irwindale. Firefighters placed green, yellow, and red tarps down to evaluate those injured in the crash. According to doctors and fire officials, fifty-two people, mostly elderly, sustained minor injuries. Van Valkenburgh stated that at least one person reported wearing a seatbelt. Some passengers exited the vehicle on their own, while others needed the assistance of firefighters and drivers who stopped to help, reported Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Brian Jordan. The bus driver, Jinquan Yang, a fifty-five-year-old Alhambra resident, suffered minor injuries. CHP reported that he was properly licensed and had not been charged. The driver whose car was struck by Yang was not injured.

Eight bus passengers were in need of immediate medical attention, five of whom were flown to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Dr. Leo Rodriguez said those patients were in guarded condition. Three people were treated at Huntington Memorial Hospital, including an eighty-six-year-old man who had broken ribs. The victims ranged in age from twenty-five to ninety-two. The accident occurred around 10 a.m. under normal weather conditions. The freeway’s eastbound lanes were at least partially blocked for approximately six hours.

Tour bus overturns along Calif. freeway; 52 hurt, www.miamiherald.com August 22, 2013


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