Update: Names of the Palm Springs Tour Bus accident victims have been released and are listed below.
Update: 13 people killed including the driver of the bus. 31 people injured. 44 Total passengers on the tour bus.
Update: All passengers are adults.
Update: Riverside Coroner’s Office 951-443-2300 in Redlands California for Families.
Update: I-10 will be closed until 4pm PST
Update: CHP MAIT (Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team) and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) Investigation Teams will investigate.
Update: Driver of semi-truck is not injured.
Update: Not all family members have been identified and some injured/killed have not yet be identified.
Update: Tour bus entered into the back of the rear of the semi-truck – approximately 15 feet.
Update: Unknown if there were seat belts on the tour bus.
Update: Most of the fatalities were towards the front of the tour bus.
Update: Tour bus was a 1996 bus; owner operated by USA Holiday Bus.
Update: Tour bus originated from Los Angeles and was on its way back.
Palm Springs Tour Bus Accident
A major tour bus accident on Interstate 10 Freeway near Palm Springs early this morning left over 30 people injured and at least 11 killed.
The tour bus, is owned and operated by USA Holiday Bus based out of Los Angeles.
The tour bus collided into the rear of the semi-truck resulting in serious damage.
What Caused the Crash?
It is too early to conclude the cause of this crash. Given the serious nature of the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board and CHP Mait teams will conduct lengthy investigations.
At this time, it is clear that the tour bus slammed into the rear portion of the semi-truck at a high rate of speed.
It wont be clear if there was a mechanical failure, driver negligence or any other contributing factor until an investigation is complete.
What We Know So Far
The crash occurred at around 5:00am early Sunday morning between Whitewater and North Palm Springs. It has been reported that the tour bus was leaving Red Earth Casino in Thermal, CA and was on its return.
Hours after the crash, I-10 was still shut down pending investigation by the CHP and NTSB which are on scene.
What to do Next?
If you are an injured passenger on the USA Holiday bus, seek immediate medical attention. Make sure to contact your family and loved ones with an update on your condition and your whereabouts.
If you are a family member and think that a loved was a passenger on the tour bus, injured passengers have been taken to nearby hospitals including Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.
The phone numbers of these hospitals are provided below for your convenience.
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Los Angeles Residents:
- Isabel Jimenez Hernandez (66-years-old)
- Rosa Ruiz (53-years-old)
- Gustavo Green (62-years-old)
- Zoila Aguilera (72-years-old)
- Milagros Gonzales (72-years-old)
- Aracely Tije (63-years-old)
- Dora Galvez de Rodriguez (69-years-old)
- Elvia Sanchez (52-years-old)
- Ana Gomes de Magallon (71-years-old)
- Yolanda Mendoza (68-years-old)
- Conception Corvera (57-years-old)