Church Bus Crash In Lake Arrowhead Kills Driver, Seriously Injures 10 Others

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Posted on 23rd February 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Here’s more proof that buses should have seatbelts.

A bus taking teenagers home from a weekend religious retreat in California collided head-on with an SUV on a twisting mountain road, tumbling down an embankment in an accident that killed one man and left nearly a dozen others injured, according to The Los Angeles Times.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bus-crash-20110222,0,6752356.story

The horrific accident Monday took place near Lake Arrowhead on California 189. The bus, owned by a Korean church in Pasadena, was making a hairpin turn on that two-lane highway when it struck an oncoming SUV.  The bus hit a utility pole, according to The Times, and fell an estimated 25 feet onto a group of trees. The bus came to a stop right before a stream.

There were 22 passengers, most teenagers but also adult chaperones, on the bus. It did not have seatbelts. The driver of the bus, Won Sae Chae, 61, of Los Angeles was killed, pronounced dead at the scene. He was driving the bus for the Light of Love Mission Church.   

The Times reported that the San Bernadino County coroner had issued a statement saying that Chae, a tour bus driver who voluntered for his church on weekends, had lost control of the bus as he drove around a curve, going into the oncoming lane and hitting the SUV.

Rescuers had to cut out and remove bus seats in order to get to some passengers, according to The Times.

Some of the survivors had to be hospitalized, with several air-lifted by helicopter. Ten of them were in critical condition.