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Roderick Smith
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California (USA) bus crash

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The bus rear-ended the truck, but we don't know how or why.
A dozen feared dead in California tour bus crash.
October 24 2016 - Melbourne 'Age'.
Los Angeles: Thirteen people were killed when a tour bus and a semi-truck collided on the Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, California, early Sunday morning, the Desert Sun reported.
Though there were conflicting reports of the number of fatalities, with news outlets reporting between 11 and 13 dead - officials confirmed at least 30 injured victims were taken to local hospitals, according to the newspaper.
At least 13 dead in Californian bus crash A crash between a tour bus and truck two hours east of Los Angeles results in at least 13 deaths.
The crash occurred some time around 5am Sunday as a USA Holiday tour bus was driving toward Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino, about an hour southeast of where the crash took place, according to NBC.
When California Highway Patrol officers arrived, they found the tour bus blocking all four lanes on the Interstate 10 in Desert Hot Springs, a small city about 160 km east of Los Angeles.
Workers prepare to haul away the tour bus that crashed, leaving several tourists dead. Photo: AP.
Photos of the crash showed a badly mangled tour bus, with its front end crushed into the back of the big rig's trailer.
Emergency responders had to lift the trailer with tow trucks in order to pull the semi-truck forward, and firefighters propped ladders directly against the tour bus's windows to be able to reach and remove victims, the Desert Sun reported.
All victims were from the tour bus and that the driver of the semi-truck was uninjured, CHP spokeswoman Stephanie Hamilton told the newspaper.
The remains of the tour bus - including bus seats that had been strewn across the freeway - had been cleared by noon local time on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The scene of crash between a tour bus and a semi-truck near Palm Springs, in California's Mojave Desert. Photo: AP.
Coroner's vans removed white body bags, two at a time, from the side of the road, according to the newspaper.
The crash snarled traffic on the highway for hours. Chris and Rachel Williams told the Desert Sun they were about five vehicles east of the crash scene and remained stuck on the highway for more than an hour.
The scene of crash between a tour bus and a semi-truck near Palm Springs, in California. Photo: AP.
"We're doing good. We're just saying our prayers for the people involved in this situation," Chris Williams told the paper. "This is a day that will be remembered."
Late Sunday morning, the CHP issued a traffic alert for the Coachella Valley and noted that all westbound lanes of the I-1o would be closed for some time.
Multiple deaths and injuries were reported in the crash. Photo: AP.
"We have a major incident with a freeway closure on westbound I-10 west of Indian Canyon Road in Palm Springs," the agency said in a statement. "A collision involving a semi-truck and a tour bus is under investigation and all westbound lanes of I-10 are closed for an unknown duration. Detours are set up to exit at Indian Canyon and go to SR-62. Please drive safe."
An Instagram account for USA Holiday showed the California-based tour bus company advertised regular trips to Las Vegas and other casinos, picking up passengers from L.A.'s Koreatown and Panorama City neighbourhoods.
A call to a number listed for the company was not returned Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, the Instagram account was no longer publicly visible.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday it was sending a team to investigate the crash.
The horrific crash occurred near Palm Springs, a city that already was grieving the recent loss of two police officers.
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