After a day of skiing at Big Bear Mountain in Southern California at least eight are dead and more than thirty-five injured. A Scapadas Magicas LLC bus driver lost control of the vehicle when its brakes began to malfunction while driving down State Route 38 near Yucaipa, California. By the time it came to rest, the bus laid sideways blocking both lanes of travel and its front end was crushed.
Thirty-eight people loaded onto the bus in Tijuana, Mexico early Sunday morning to head to Big Bear for a day of skiing. The crash occurred as the bus was headed down the mountain, on its way back to cross the border. The bus driver told investigators that as he descended the mountain, the brakes gave out. The bus rear-ended one car, flipped, and then struck a pickup truck carrying a trailer.
The severity of the crash made it difficult for first responders to determine how many were injured or dead. Michelle Profant, California Department of Transportation spokeswoman stated “[i]t’s really a mess up there with body parts.” Passengers were transported to a number of area hospitals suffering from injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening. One of those hospitals, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, stated that it had treated six passengers, two who were discharged Monday morning, two in stable condition, and two who remained in critical condition. This crash came less than a day after a bus in Boston, Massachusetts carrying high school students slammed into an overpass.
8 killed in Calif. bus crash of Mexican day skiers, www.miamiherald.com February 3, 2013
Passengers, their family, and their friends are now left to deal with the consequences of this tragic accident. Many have lost a loved one or still do not know if their loved one will survive. The damage from an accident of this sort goes far beyond physical loss. The Fort Lauderdale bus accident lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona have over twenty years of experience working with victims and their families to uncover the causes of these accidents. The Broward motor vehicle accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge that it takes to stand up against insurance companies and get you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of a bus crash, call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation.
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