by JESSICA MARK
On Sunday, a tour bus was returning to Los Angeles on the Interstate 10 highway from Red Earth Casino. A little over an hour after the tour bus had left, it collided with the rear of a tractor trailer. The incident took place near Palm Springs.
“There were no skid marks from the bus at the time of the collision,” Californian Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele stated to CNN reporters. There was no attempted break made by the bus according to CNN reporters.
The crash victims consisted of twelve passengers, and the driver himself. Most of the victims who were announced dead were sitting near the front of the bus. The driver was identified as Teodulo Elias Vides. There were forty-four total passengers on the bus, thirty-one of which were immediately taken to hospitals, including the driver of the tractor trailer, Bruce Guilford.
Most the passengers were of Hispanic descent; most of who perished were reportedly asleep during the crash.
“In almost 35 years, I’ve never been to a crash where there’s been thirteen confirmed fatalities,” reported Abele to New York Times.
The bus was noted as going faster than the speed of traffic. It was stated that traffic, including the tractor trailer, were slowed due to the maintenance crew working alongside the road. “The bus was traveling significantly faster than the tractor trailer that it struck from behind,” Abele told CNN reporters on Sunday. The bus was reportedly inspected in 2014-2015 and recently in April. No mechanical problems were discovered. This has been the deadliest Californian crash in recent years.