In a tour bus crash update, “CHP investigators determined the bus tried to merge into the lane to its left when its left front end clipped the rear of a Hyundai Elantra driving next to it. After colliding with the Elantra, the bus driver swerved to the right, lost control and crashed,” reported the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 23, 2013.
Thursday’s tour bush crash around 10 a.m. on Freeway 210 in Irwindale ended with more than 50 people being injured and Freeway 210 being closed for about an hour in both directions. The tour bus had picked up passengers, ranging in age from 25 to 92, in Monterey Park and San Gabriel and was heading to San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland.
Most of the injuries sustained in the tour bus crash are being described as minor to moderate. Since many of the tour bus crash victims spoke only Mandarin or Cantonese, they required translators. Seven passengers had to be airlifted to hospitals. Doctors are reporting that five of the tour bus crash victims suffered “pretty basic blunt-force trauma injuries. One 86-year-old man had broken ribs. All tour bus passengers are expected to survive. The driver of the tour bus suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Elantra was not injured.
Witnesses who were right at the scene when the tour bus crashed described how the bus broke hard before it swerved across several lanes on eastbound 210 and then landed on its side.
Passengers and drivers from other cars immediately stopped along Freeway 210 and rushed to pull passengers from the broken-out windshield of the bus.
“One of the witnesses described the passengers as ‘very quiet’ and in a state of shock as they were pulled through the window one-by-one.”
According to the latest tour bus crash update provided by the CHP, 52 people, including the driver, were on the tour bus. The bus driver, who has been identified as 55-year-old Jinquan Yang of Alhambra, was properly licensed and has not been charged.