Eight people died and more than 35 others were injured on February 3 after a tour bus flipped over on a narrow mountain road near Yucaipa in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Times. The bus rear ended two other vehicles as well, and one of the two drivers suffered moderate injuries.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Mario Lopez reported that the bus was carrying 38 passengers when it flipped over, and many passengers were ejected from the bus. The bus was owned by Scapadas Magicas LLC, a transit company based in California. The day-long trip was organized by InterBus Tours, and took tourists from Tijuana to Big Bear Mountain for a day of skiing.
“Investigation into the cause hasn’t even begun because patient treatment and transport takes priority,” said Eric Sherwin, spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
The county coroner was still removing bodies at the time of print, and the death total is expected to rise. The bus accident occurred on State Route 38, approximately 80 miles east of Los Angeles. The driver survived the bus accident and told investigators the bus was experiencing brake problems as it descended down the mountain on the winding roads.
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