A physician at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center said most of those injured suffered “pretty basic blunt-force trauma injuries.”
The chartered bus overturned on the eastbound 210 just past the 605 Freeway interchange. Passengers were on their way to the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland.
Authorities have not released the cause of the crash, but witnesses said the bus appeared to be traveling too fast. Braking hard, the bus swerved across multiple lanes before the driver lost control and flipped the bus, witnesses reported.
After the crash, several onlookers rushed to assist those injured. Passengers were removed through the broken-out windshield. Seven of those injured were airlifted away via a medical helicopter.
Truck driver Jess Lewis was one of those that helped out.
“There were elderly people stuck on top of the other. They were going about 70 miles an hour and got thrown onto each other,” Lewis said. “They were very quiet; I would say they were in shock.”
The highway was reopened after a few hours.