A tour bus crash left five bus passengers hurt this Thursday after a tour bus suddenly careened out of its lane and overturned, leading officials on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale to say that the victims suffered “basic blunt-force trauma” injuries, LA Times reported this Aug. 22. Although the exact cause of the crash is unknown, it is believed that speeding played a factor in the accident, and that up to 55 people were injured in the aftermath.
The tour bus crash shocked passengers and witnesses alike after eight people were deemed injured enough to require rushed medical attention after being rescued from the overturned bus this morning, said one Medical Center spokesman.
Estimates allege that up to 55 people in total were hurt when a chartered tour suddenly flipped over on the 210 Freeway heading eastbound at around 10 a.m. The specific number of people who were hurt in the accident has varied as the day wore on, with initial claims hinting at 30 people, while one officer said that up to 55 had been in need of some medical attention.
A majority of the injures from the crash were said to be only minor or moderate, though seven passengers — those that were on the bus during the tour bus crash — were airlifted off the highway by helicopter.
The tour bus had picked up roughly a dozen passengers in Monterey Park while on its way to San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino up in Highland. Although authorities have stated they are only looking into the specific cause of the crash, calling it an ongoing investigation, speeding is believed to be a factor.
Local witnesses near the crash site noted that they both saw and heard the bus brake hard, suddenly careening into several lanes at a high rate of speed and ending up on the busy freeway toppled on its side. Within moments, witnesses hurried in to help passengers out, pulling out people from the shattered windshield of the tour bus.
An onlooker said that the passengers were wide-eyed and understandably shocked as they were rescued from the fallen vehicle.
Though described to be relatively minor, the blunt-force trauma injuries were still taken seriously by police and medical officials.
“They were in pain from their injuries,” said the spokesman.
The westbound lane after the tour bus crash was reopened at around 11 a.m., but the eastbound lane remained close for recovery and cleanup.