4 dead, dozens injured in serious injury wreck on the 10 Freeway

A horrific tour bus crash on the California-Arizona border has left several people dead and more than two dozen injured, according to news reports from Blythe. Authorities say that four people died in a rollover accident involving a tour bus, a semi-truck and two other smaller vehicles. The victims suffered serious injury when the bus rolled down an embankment after striking pipes that had fallen off the bed of the truck.

Official reports show that the trucking accident occurred when the big rig jackknifed into the median on the 10 Freeway near the Port of Entry. The truck’s large load of metal pipes spilled onto the freeway. Two smaller vehicles struck the pipes in the eastbound lanes. The pipes also rolled into the westbound lanes, where they caused the bus to crash.

The tour bus had 32 passengers aboard when it crashed into the pipes. The bus went about 50 feet off the roadway, rolling and landing on its side. Occupants recount the terrifying scene inside the bus as victims scrambled to safety out the driver’s window of the bus.

In all, 20 people were transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Six others were transported via helicopter. Four people aboard the bus died in the accident.

So far, an investigation into the matter has not determined whether the bus driver contributed to the wreck. Criminal charges and civil actions may ensue as a result of the crash, however, with several victims almost certainly accruing enormous medical expenses because of the injuries they suffered in the crash. The at-fault driver should be held accountable for failing to control his vehicle, sending the load of pipes spilling out into traffic and causing the horrible trucking accident.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, “4 Dead In Tour Bus, Big Rig Crash In Blythe” No author given, May. 21, 2014