At Least 50 People Injured in Los Angeles Charter Bus Accident

Friday, August 23, 2013

At least 50 people are believed to have been injured in a Los Angeles charter bus accident that involved a charter bus that flipped over on Interstate 210, near the interchange with the 605 Freeway in Irwindale.

The bus turned over, and then travelled several lanes before it finally came to a stop. At the time of the accident, the bus is believed to have been on its way to a casino. The bus had been chartered by Da Zhen Travel Agency, and is believed to have been a discount bus operation that was taking tourists to desert casinos. TheAssociated Press reports that these types of bus operations are fairly common on this route, and frequently transport tourists between the San Gabriel Valley and casinos in the Nevada desert. 

In this case, the bus was reported to be headed towards the San Manual Indian Bingo and Casino in San Bernardino.

The impact of the accident was so severe that the bus careened through a chain link fence, and went down an embankment before it finally came to a stop. This was an accident that could have resulted in much more serious injuries, and even fatalities. Fortunately, none of the injuries are believed to be critical, and most of the patients are expected to make a complete recovery. The injuries are being reported as minor to moderate in nature, and include cuts and bruises, fractures, and many blunt force trauma injuries.

At least 52 people on the bus suffered injuries, and most of the injured are reported to be elderly people. In fact, most of the tourists on the bus are believed to have been elderly people between the age of 60 and 80 years. There is no information about whether the passengers on the bus were wearing seat belts.

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