13 Killed, 31 Injured in Desert Hot Springs After Tour Bus Crashes Into Semi-Truck on 10 Freeway

Early on the morning of Sunday, October 23th, 2016, a tour bus returning to Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino near the Salton Sea was involved in a serious crash with a semi-tractor trailer, resulting in 13 fatalities and serious injuries to dozens of other bus passengers and the truck driver.

According to inspection records, the bus had undergone a mechanical inspection annually since 2014, including the most recent inspection April 2016. Initial reports from the scene indicated that the passengers were sleeping, with no seat belts available to keep them harnessed in their seats. Skid marks at the scene indicated that the bus was moving faster than the semi-truck at the time of the accident and the bus driver failed to apply the brakes in time.

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Los Angeles Times:

13 dead, 31 others injured in tour bus crash near Palm Springs ...…/…
Los Angeles Times:

They had spent the night at a casino near the Salton Sea, so many of the passengers had fallen asleep as the USA Holiday tour bus rumbled west on the 10 Freeway on the way home to Los Angeles. … Thirteen people were killed and 31 others injured Sunday morning when the bus crashed …

FOX News:

At least 13 people killed in California tour bus, semi-truck crash, officials say…/…Fox News
A horrific crash Sunday morning in California left 13 people dead and dozens more injured after a tour bus collided with a semi-truck. … The accident occurred at 5:17 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the 10 Freeway at Indian Canyon in the Desert Hot Springs area. … The bus driver, who …

ABC News:

At Least 13 Dead in California Tour Bus Crash By: Dean Schabner
At least 13 people were killed this morning when a tour bus crashed into a tractor trailer on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, California, officials …


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