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Thursday, August 22, 2013

MCI: Tour Bus Rollover Eastbound 210 Irwindale. At Least 50 Injured #CaMCI #CaRoads

The Multiple Casualty Crash was reported after 10 a.m. on the 210 Freeway, about 20 miles east of Los Angeles

Up to 50 people were injured Thursday when a tour bus rolled over on the Foothill (210) Freeway near the San Gabriel (605) Freeway about 20 miles east of Los Angeles in Irwindale, Calif., the CHP said.

Photo of overturned bus on 210 Fwy with patients nearby via KTLA
Aerial footage showed a large emergency presence off the side of the freeway with firefighters tending to people on green, yellow and red triage area tarps. The color-coded tarps indicate severity of injuries, with red being the most severe. Some were being carried in stretchers
Some people got out of their cars and hopped over the center divider into the empty lanes of traffic to get a look.
The bus company, Da Zhen out of Monterey Park, carried 40 passengers, said Saul Gomez, a CHP spokesman.

None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening. Most of the victims were treated for bumps and bruises.

Officers were investigating the cause of the crash. It was unknown whether there were other vehicles involved.

"It's a little early to determine whether it was driver error," Gomez said. "We are worried more about the injured people than the actual investigation itself."

Lt. Mark Garrett of the CHP said officers would conduct a "very thorough mechanical inspection" of the bus.

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