DESERT HOT SPRINGS – Over 30 occupants of a Los Angeles-based tour bus heading from Red Earth Casino en route to Los Angeles were rushed to hospitals while thirteen others were confirmed dead at the scene after a tour bus crashed into a semi-truck Sunday.
At approximately 5:17 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2016, the USA Holiday tour bus was driving on the westbound 10 freeway west of Indian Canyon Road in Desert Hot Springs. A semi-truck with the trailer was also traveling westbound on the 10 freeway driving at approximately 5 miles per hour due to slow traffic when the Charter bus slammed into the back of the trailer.
Indio area California Highway Patrol (CHP) units arrived on the scene shortly after to provide scene safety and medical treatment to those injured. CHP officials said that multiple local fire department personnel responded to the collision to began extrication and triage. Those injured were transported to local hospitals including Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center, and JFK Memorial.
All victims are reported to be adults, but no other information is available at this time. Injuries range from minor to major and the Riverside County Coroner’s office are working on identifying and notifying the families of the deceased at this time. It is unknown if fatigue, alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.
Families looking for information pertaining to the loved ones are asked to contact the listed hospitals to see if they have been admitted. If they do not have the information needed, they can then contact the Riverside County Coroner’s office family assistance line at (951)443-2300. The CHP Indio area has set up a hotline for the public to call and give information regarding the collision or to receive information about the injured parties (760)772-8900.
UPDATE: 10-24-16 The list of those injured and deceased as a result of the Desert Hot Springs Tour Bus crash has been released.
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