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Overnight bus crash kills four near Arizona-California border

Overnight crash on 1-10 kills four, injures 21.
Overnight crash on 1-10 kills four, injures 21.
Gary London

Interstate 10 shut down in both directions until noon today (Wednesday).

A tour bus carrying a full load of passengers overturned on Interstate 10 near Blythe early Wednesday morning resulting in at least 4 fatalities and 21 injuries.

An accident involving a truck was the cause, occurring in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near the border inspection station near Blythe, and was reported at 2:15 am. The truck transporting a load of steel pipes jackknifed into the center median, causing it to spill its load. Some of these pipes rolled into the westbound lanes, causing the bus to lose control and overturn.

The tour bus belongs to the El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express, which operates in a multi-state area, including California and Arizona.

Helicopters were needed to transport the injured to several area hospitals, lanes were closed in both directions for at least four hours, the fatalities were reportedly passengers on the bus. According to the L.A. Times, the freeway should be re-opened around noon today. (Wednesday)

Suggested alternate routes include California state route 177, Arizona route 95, or Interstate 40

Weather was clear and dry at the time, there were no obstructions to vision.