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Eight Fatalities Reported in California Bus Collision

Car accident in Los Angeles

YUCAIPA, Calif. – A tragic bus accident on a Southern California mountain road resulted in at least eight fatalities with the death toll expected to rise, and over thirty people injured. The crash occurred near Yucaipa, around 80 miles east of Los Angeles, involving a passenger bus, a car, and a pickup truck.

According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Mario Lopez, the bus was descending a mountain pass on State Route 38 when it lost control, leading to a collision with a Saturn sedan and subsequently a Ford pickup. Speed is believed to have been a contributing factor, and authorities are investigating whether mechanical failure or driver error was involved. The bus driver survived the incident and has indicated that brake failure might have been the cause.

The collision, which happened at approximately 6:30 p.m., left the scene strewn with debris and resulted in extensive damage to the bus and the other vehicles involved. First responders found the bus lying sideways, blocking the roadway with its front end severely damaged.

At the time of the accident, the bus was traveling back to Tijuana, Mexico. Details about the passengers’ conditions in the Saturn sedan were unclear, but the Ford pickup is known to have had at least one person injured.

Source: Statesboro Herald