Photo: Bus Crash in California Leaves At Least 8 Dead, Dozens Injured
On Sunday night, a tour bus carrying people heading back to Mexico after a ski trip in California careened down a mountain road and collided with a pick-up truck at around 6:30 p.m.
At least 8 people have been confirmed dead and more than 40 were injured when their tour bus’ brakes reportedly malfunctioned and began speeding down the mountain road. It crashed after rear-ending another vehicle, flipping, and hitting a pick-up truck towing a trailer..
The California Highway Patrol has called it “a horrific scene,” adding that “there are victims inside the bus, outside the bus, personal belongings [everywhere].”
The crash occurred in San Bernadino County on State Route 38 near Forest Falls, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. The bus was returning to Tijuana after passengers enjoyed a ski trip to Big Bear.
Though the bus company, Scapadas Magicas, reportedly had no listed accidents recently, it did fail more than a third of random federal vehicle safety inspections in the last two years.
The bus driver survived the horrific crash and told his rescuers the bus, made is 1996, had brake problems.
Investigators are still piecing together what happened, though at least one passenger reports hearing the bus driver yell something about the brakes just before the accident.
The injured were taken to various hospitals in conditions ranging from fair to critical. Those injured included men, women, and children.