SANTA MONICA—On Saturday, June 14 around 4 a.m. officers responded to a call about an overturned bus on the 110 Freeway heading westbound. The bus had 32 passengers at the time of the incident, 25 of which were taken to the hospital. Four of the passengers were taken to the hospital suffering form serious injuries, while the other passengers were listed in fair or good condition. It was reported by CBS 8 that the bus was traveling back from the Pala Casino in San Diego County when the accident transpired.
The bus overturned on the driver side after colliding with a concrete crash cushion. Crash cushions are used to reduce structural damage caused by vehicles. The incident is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol as to how the 53 year-old bus driver lost control of the vehicle. There were no signs of alcohol being a cause of the incident.
Bystanders and first responders helped navigate passengers off the bus and to safety. All lanes remained closed until about 9:30 a.m. Turning the bus upright required cranes, as well as a cleanup from the spilled diesel.
The California Highway Patrol is asking anyone with details about the crash to contact them at (213) 744-2331.