Tour Bus Accident In California Injures 52


Posted on 22nd August 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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There were 52 people hospitalized Thursday when a tour bus on its way to a casino in California turned over after a two-vehicle crash, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The accident happened at 10 a.m. on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale, Calif. According to authorities, the bus driver made an unsafe lane change, hitting a Hyundai Elantra driven by a 21-year-old San Diego woman, the Valley Tribune reported.

The bus then went off the highway to the right, and overturned. In the wake of the accident, 52 people were transported to local hospitals — including a near half dozen by helicopter — with 36 having minor injuries, 11 moderate injuries and five with more serious injuries, according to the Valley Tribune.

The tour bus was operated by the Da Zhen Travel Agency, based in Monterey Park, and was on its way to the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

The charter bus company had a satisfactory rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which Da Zhen officials told the Valley Tribune was the highest rating available.

Nonetheless, Da Zhen had been cited for unsafe driving in June, and inspections of its buses at one point led to two dozen violations. But those citations didn’t seem to be especially heinous or dangerous.

Arizona Tour Bus Flips Over In Flash Flood


Posted on 29th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A tour bus on its way to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon turned over during a flash flood in northern Arizona, according to KNXV-TV. None of the 33 people on the bus were hurt.

The accident took place Sunday north of Kingman, Ariz. That region of Arizona had endured two days of heavy rain, and the bus driver drove into a flooded wash, where the vehicle flipped on its side.

The accident is under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department to decide whether to make the driver of the C.H. Destination bus pay for EMTs who responded to the scene. Under state law, a driver who goes into a flooded area can be required to reimburse counties or towns that sent rescue crews to save him or her, KNXV-TV reported.

That law has been dubbed the “Stupid Motorist Law,” according to the TV station.

In Arizona, residents are often angered by the foolishness of motorists who ignore posted signs that warn about roads flooding in heavy rains. In the desert, a quick downpour can cause flash flooding in “washes” that are normally bone dry.

According to KNXV-TV, the bus company said that its driver wasn’t away of the flooding danger.

Oregon Tour-Bus-Crash Rescue Proved Difficult


Posted on 1st January 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Rescuers had a difficult time getting to and helping the victims of a bus accident in Oregon that killed nine passengers and injured another three dozen Sunday morning, according to The New York Times.

Ten local ambulance corps responded to the accident site off icy Interstate 84 in Pendleton, where a tour bus crashed through a guardrail and fell down a ravine. EMTs had to carry victims on stretchers up from the bottom of the dangerous, slippery ravine, The Times reported.

And many of the passengers only spoke Korean, making communication difficult. Finally, some of the victims had been thrown from the bus, and their personal identification was difficult to locate, according to The Times.

The bus was on its way to its point of origin, Vancouver, from a trip to Las Vegas.

Tour Bus Crash In Utah Kills Three Tourists, Injures Near Dozen Others


Posted on 11th August 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Three Japanese tourists were killed and 11 others were injured when a tour bus on its way to Bryce Canyon National Park went off a highway in Utah Monday.

The tour bus had about 15 passengers and was driving north on I-15 when it drove off the road near Cedar City, Utah, hit a median and then rolled over shortly after 6 p.m. Authorities suspect that the bus driver, who had minor injuries, was distracted or sleepy, leading to the crash.

Two of Japanese tourists died after they were thrown out of the bus, and the third victim’s body was located inside the tour van. Two of the victims were adults, with the third one a child, according to the Deseret News.

Several other passengers were ejected from the tour bus, and they were taken to local hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The bus was traveling from Las Vegas to Utah.