5/21/2014 11:21:00 AM UPDATE: Four dead in bus accident in Blythe
Times photo/JACLYN RANDALL
BLYTHE, Calif. — Four people died early Wednesday morning after a tour bus they were traveling in, attempted to avoid pipes that fell off a jack-knifed tractor-trailer. The bus veered off I-10 freeway, went down an embankment and came to rest on its side.
BLYTHE, Calif. - Four people died early Wednesday morning after a tour bus they were traveling in attempted to avoid pipes that fell off a jack-knifed tractor-trailer. The bus veered off I-10 freeway, went down an embankment and came to rest on its side.
According to California Highway Patrol - Blythe Area Officer Jason Girard, at approximately 2:15 a.m. semi-truck with a trailer heading east, jack-knifed on the freeway and ended up in the median spilling its load of metal pipes across both directions of traffic. The driver in that accident was not harmed.
Approximately 5-10 minutes later a bus operated by El Paso - Los Angeles Limo Express entered California at the Port of Entry at the California-Arizona border traveling westbound. As the bus left the Port of Entry, the driver attempted to avoid the pipes by steering right. The bus left the roadway, slid down the embankment, went through a chain-link fence hitting a dirt berth in the process, tipping the bus onto its side.
The bus was carrying between 25 to 40 passengers, plus one driver. The condition of the driver is unknown at this time. The four known dead were passengers on the bus.
Three seriously injured passengers were taken to Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs, California via helicopter. Passengers with minor injuries were taken to Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe. Other passengers who suffered from scrapes and bruises or were not injured were taken to Blythe City Hall where American Red Cross set up to help.
CHP will not confirm the number of dead until after the bus is removed and the bus passenger list is confirmed.
The bus was headed to Los Angeles and had last stopped in Phoenix, Arizona.
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