Tour Bus Crash: 210 Freeway Shut Down After Bus Overturns In California
A tour bus overturned this morning while traveling along the 210 Freeway in Irwindale, California.
No one killed in the crash but dozens of people were injured. According to KTLA, at least 50 people were injured in the crash and six were airlifted to a nearby hospital. Authorities said that none of the injuries were life threatening.
The accident occurred around 10 am on the eastbound side of the 210 freeway. The Da Zhen Bus was on its way to a casino when it tried to change lanes and clipped the back of a black Hyundai Elantra.
Melody Bausa, the driver of the Hyundai, said: “The next thing I knew everything was just going really fast and we all kind of swerved over here to the right side and the bus flipped over in the back.”
Close to 75 firefighters responded to the scene and set up a triage center to give medical attention to the injured patients. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that most of the people on the bus were senior citizens and many did not speak English.
Both sides of 210 were shut down to allow medical helicopters land. The Westbound side of 210 has opened but the eastbound lane is still closed off. Authorities said that the road should re-open around 5 pm.