Saeed Villanueva |Staff Writer|
Bus crash in Palm Springs took the lives of 13 people and injured 31 others.
A USA Holiday tour bus was driving back to Los Angeles from a casino near Salton Sea on Sunday morning Oct. 23 when it crashed into a big rig truck.
Most of the fatalities that occurred happened to people who were sitting towards the front of the bus.
The driver, who died in the crash, has been identified as Teodulo Elias Vides, 59, of Los Angeles.
According to CBS News, it seems like Vides did not brake before the crash happened. The truck was moving at only 5 mph because of construction on the freeway when the bus, moving up to 65 mph, rammed into it.
He had been sued twice for negligence after collisions with vehicles in the past, one of which resulted in three deaths, according to the LA Times.
As one could imagine the crash caused a heavy traffic jam for people coming back to the Inland Empire area.
“I was rerouted on my way home from Palm Springs, as it took an extra three hours with the traffic due to the crash, as this was 6 p.m. Sunday night, after the accident that morning occurred,” said alumni Evan Peckels.
This crash is one of the most deadliest in history.
“In almost 35 years, I’ve never been to a crash where there’s been 13 confirmed fatals,” said California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele to the CNN.
Investigators are still gathering together all the details about what happened.