13 passengers injured in Calif. tour bus crash

A tour bush crashed in Baldwin Park, Calif., injuring 13 people on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.  KCBS

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. - More than 30 passengers were briefly trapped inside a tour bus early Monday morning after the driver lost control while on a Southland freeway.

Thirteen people suffered injuries -- 11 minor and two moderate -- and were transported to a local hospital, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The accident happened around 4:37 a.m. near the westbound 10 Freeway and Baldwin Park Boulevard offramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“The bus tried to get on the ramp to exit, but he come too fast. He can’t control the bus,” passenger Eduardo Magana told CBS Station KCBS.

The bus’ door became blocked in the accident after the vehicle took out a fence, locking 38 passengers and the driver inside, officials said.

They were later freed by rescue personnel. 

The bus was traveling from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio to Eagle Rock and Panorama City, officials said.

Authorities have yet to determine what caused the crash or why the bus driver lost control.

Comments

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.