In the early morning hours of Sunday, October 23, 2016, a maintenance crew had slowed down traffic on a California highway through the night, and the work had gone on for hours without problems. Then a tour bus returning to Los Angeles from a casino trip slammed into the back of a semi-truck. Passengers who were asleep on the bus woke up to loud screams and the sound of crushing metal. According to reports, this accident resulted in one of the deadliest wrecks in California history with 13 people killed and 31 others injured.
At this time, it is unknown whether alcohol, drugs, or fatigue played a role in this incident. However, it is clear from the photos of the wreck that the bus was going much faster than the semi-truck it slammed into. The front of the bus crumpled into the semi-truck’s trailer and debris was scattered across the key route through Southern California. Firefighters used ladders to climb into the bus’s windows to remove bodies, and tow trucks lifted the trailer to make it easier to reach the bus, whose front end was demolished.
The tour bus company, USA Holiday, has one vehicle and one driver, according to federal regulators. The company says on social media that it has more than 25 years of experience traveling to casinos in Southern California. It posts about quick turnaround trips leaving the Los Angeles area to casinos in the Southern California desert area.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to California to investigate.
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