The Thursday morning California tour bus accident on the 210 Freeway, just past the 605 Freeway interchange, allegedly occurred when the bus driver braked hard then swerved across lanes, ending up on its side. The bus had picked up its passengers in Monterey Park and San Gabriel and was going to San Manual Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland when this California bus accident occurred.
Reportedly over 50 passengers were hurt, some with injuries described as moderate. Such injuries typically are not accurately described and often are much more serious and painful to the victims than the investigating police officers state.
A truck driver, Jeff Lewis, who apparently witnessed this bus accident, was reported by the Los Angeles Times to have stated that elderly people ended up stuck on top of each other. He estimated that the bus was going approximately 70 miles per hour before the crash.
As a result of this accident, with so many injured, multiple ambulances and other emergency personnel arrived. A triage was set-up, with a helicopter landing area. As a result, the 210 Freeway was closed with traffic clogged for many hours.
Although the injuries were stated to be minor to moderate, seven passengers hurt in this bus crash were airlifted to hospitals. That does not sound like minor injuries, especially with the high cost for such emergency helicopter air medical service.
In addition, five of the first eight injured passengers who required immediate medical care were taken to Los Angeles County – USC Medical Center. The treating doctor described most of their injuries as resulting from “blunt-force trauma.”
Speed and unsafe turning movements are common causes of bus accidents, as is faulty maintenance, especially with brakes and tires. While it may appear that this bus driver may have been travelling too fast for conditions, causing an emergency braking movement that caused the bus to swerve out of control and turn over, currently it is too early to know. There may be other causes and the investigation is ongoing.
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