California saw one of its most deadly crashes in years. The crash occurred around 5:17am on Sunday near Palm Springs. A bus coming back from Red Earth Casino in Salton Sea Beach, crashed into a tractor trailer on west bound interstate 10 near Palm Springs.
At the scene of the crash, dozens of firefighters rushed to try to get to the victims. Chainsaws were used to break inside the vehicle despite the fact that there was barely any room for a person to fit through. Victims of the crash include 13 adults who were pronounced dead at the scene and 31 adults who were injured. One of the deceased victims still remains unidentified. In total there were 43 passengers on the bus. The bus driver was also killed and the truck driver survived the crash with minor injuries. It was stated that the injuries range from major to minor.
It is said that the owner and operator of the bus has been allegedly sued twice before due to negligence after collisions with vehicles that left 3 dead.
The bus’s speed was said to be faster than the trucks, which cause it to lodge 15 feet into the trailer trucks rear end. It has been stated that maintenance crew slowed traffic before the crash occurred. Cause of the crash still remains unknown; it still has not been stated if drugs, alcohol, or fatigue play a role in the cause of the crash.
The crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Dozens of specialists will conduct the investigation; amongst these specialists will be a truck or bus mechanical engineer, highway specialist, and the board’s human performance, survival and weather specialists. It may take up to 18 months before a report is sent up to the board about the crash.