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California bus crash kills eight, injures dozens
2013-02-04 09:43:17 | (0 Comments)
(AP) ó At least eight were killed and more than three dozen injured, when a bus careened out of control while traveling down a Southern California mountain road, struck a car, flipped and plowed into a pickup, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol spokesman, Mario Lopez said the number of eight confirmed deaths was expected to rise because the coroner was just starting to remove bodies from the mangled vehicle and also remove the bodies of those who were ejected, which were covered by yellow blankets.
Lopez said investigators will determine if mechanical failure or driver error was to blame.
He said the driver survived.
Authorities had not yet obtained the passenger list from inside the bus.
The accident occurred around 6.30 p.m. about 80 miles east of Los Angeles and left the highway littered with debris, the bus sideways across the two lanes and its front end crushed.
Lopez said the fate of the passengers in the car was not clear, but at least two people were in it.
The bus driver told investigators the bus suffered brake problems as it headed down the mountain.
Lettering on the bus indicated that it was operated by Scapadas Magicas LLC, a company based in National City, California.
Federal transportation records show that the company is licensed to carry passengers for interstate travel and that it had no crashes in the past two years.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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