Tour bus crash kills 1, injures 28

Tour bus crash kills 1, injures 28By DAVID JOHNSON

High Desert News

One person was killed, and another 28 were injured, after a head-on collision occurred between a charter bus and two passenger vehicles. The crash happened at approximately noon Monday, just east of Kramer Junction on Highway 58.

Lt. Tony Pena of the California Highway Patrol, Barstow office said the investigation is ongoing, but it appears the tour bus was traveling eastbound on Highway 58 when “for reasons yet to be determined, the bus driver crossed over the double-double yellow lines into the westbound lane, went head on with the two vehicles, then overturned at least once and then it landed on it’s wheels.”

There were 26 total passengers including the driver on the bus.

The driver of a white Subaru was declared dead at the scene. The driver and passenger in the other car, a white Chevrolet, sustained critical injuries. Pena said, “at least three more on the bus sustained critical injuries.”

Medical helicopters were unable to launch from various locations due to bad weather, leaving numerous ground ambulances to transport the injured. All transported were taken to various hospitals including Victorville, Loma Linda, and San Bernardino.

Traffic was stopped for some time in both directions to allow medical personnel to work the scene more efficiently. CalTrans assisted with traffic control, and travelers were eventually able to pass through by utilizing one lane, at intervals.

According to officials, the bus was on its way to Las Vegas at the time of the collision. Drugs, alcohol, speed and weather are not suspected to be contributing factors.

Pena said that he would be conducting interviews with survivors to help determine the cause. No other details were available at press time.

Pictured: Multiple emergency service agencies respond to a bus crash near Kramer Junction. -- Photo by David Johnson

Story First Published: 2017-03-03