The California Highway Patrol and emergency workers are at the scene of a tour bus accident after the bus heading eastbound on Interstate 210 overturned Thursday morning.
The accident occurred on Interstate 210 in Duarte, which is located in Los Angeles County, California. Emergency crews are working to free several passengers trapped inside the overturned charter bus.
Los Angeles County emergency response crews, including firefighters and ambulances are on the scene and victims are being examined in a triage operation. Rescue helicopters are transporting some of the injured passengers to local hospitals.
The AP reports that a spokesman from the Los Angeles County Fire Department said approximately 50 passengers were injured in the accident, however, most of the injuries are minor. Five wounded passengers were air lifted to a local trauma center.
The charter bus went off the side of Interstate 210 around 10 a.m. Thursday and ended up on its side between the freeway and railroad tracks.
A CHP spokesman, Saul Gomez confirmed that the tour bus belongs to a local company, Da Zhen, from Monterry Park, California. The tour bus was en route to a nearby casino at the time of the accident.
CNN reported earlier that a pipe bomb was found near the scene of the freeway accident. It is unclear if the pipe bomb is related to the charter bus crash. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had no comment on the accident.
The cause of Thursday's charter bus accident remains unknown.