A devastating tour bus crash in Yucaipa, California has taken the lives of at least eight people and injured 38 on Sunday, February 3, 2013 around 6:30 p.m., according to CBS News. The bus lost control while traveling down a mountain road in Southern California, striking a car, rolling over and then sliding on its side into a pick-up truck.
Several passengers were ejected and emergency crews had to free others who were trapped in the bus. The dozens injured were taken to hospitals in the area, one of them in critical condition.
The tour bus was on its way back to Tijuana, Mexico after visiting Big Bear Lake ski resort in Southern California when the accident occurred. According to an article on Reuters.com, the bus driver told California Highway Patrol (CHP) that the bus experienced some type of mechanical failure at the time of the crash. Unconfirmed reports of brake issues have been cited. There are no immediate indications whether other factors, such as road conditions or alcohol or drug impairment, played any role in the crash.
Whether the bus experienced brake failure or the accident was caused by driver negligence, the injured victims and families of those killed may be entitled to hold the at-fault party accountable for what happened. At the Jurewitz Law Group, our experienced tour bus accident attorneys in San Diego are committed to helping victims of negligence obtain justice and the compensation they need to recover from their losses.
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