Investigators in southern California are still trying to determine why a tour bus crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer truck on an interstate highway, killing 13, including the bus driver. The crash also injured 31, including the driver of the truck. This is among the deadliest bus crashes in California in recent years. The pre-dawn crash took place about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The bus was going significantly faster than the truck at the time of the crash.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators have examined the crash scene. The bus plowed 15 feet into the back of the truck in a “substantial impact.” At press time it was unclear why the bus was traveling at a much faster speed than the truck. It was also unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved, or whether driver fatigue was a factor.
The tour bus, which was carrying 44 passengers, belongs to USA Holiday, a Los Angeles-based tour company, and the driver was identified as one of its owners. The tour bus had started in Los Angeles, traveled to Red Earth Casino in Thermal, and was making its return trip to Los Angeles on the Sunday morning. USA Holiday regularly carries passengers from the Los Angeles area to Southern California casinos. According to its Facebook page, USA Holiday has recently made trips to Tortoise Rock Casino, Red Earth Casino and Las Vegas. There are several reports of previous litigation involving the company.
According to records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, USA Holiday owns one bus and has one driver licensed to transport passengers. In 2013, the bus logged 68,780 miles.
Source: USA Today
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