A tour bus accident in San Bernardino yesterday has resulted in eight deaths and at least 30 injuries. The San Bernardino bus accident apparently occurred when a tour bus, being operated by Scapadas Magicas of National City, lost control near Yucaipa, California. The tour bus then collided with a truck and a passenger car.
The San Bernardino accident occurred on route 38, which is a mountain road leading from Big Bear Mountain, California. According to the Los Angeles Times, the tour bus appeared to have been from Tijuana and was going back to Tijuana at the time of the Yucapia bus crash.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the truck, with one occupant, was crushed when the bus rolled over it, while the passenger sedan had three occupants. Seven California wrongful death victims were from the tour bus. Among the 27 people who had to be taken to hospitals, about six were listed in critical condition.
This particular road will be shut until later in the day today, while the CHP investigated the cause of this tragic California bus accident. The families of the victims of this tour bus accident should contact a California bus accident lawyer for a free consultation to find out their rights against the responsible party or parties. If the bus driver is found to have been at fault, many wrongful death and personal injury claims will be made against the bus company. We can only hope that the bus company has enough liability insurance to cover the extensive damages that will be claimed here.
Further, if it is determined that a problem with the roadway contributed to the collision, a government claim may need to be filed to protect the rights of the victims. It is important to contact a California personal injury lawyer who knows the rules for such claims, to make sure no claims are barred by the statute of limitations.