Dozens Injured After Tour Bus Overturns On LA Freeway

2:01 PM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
  • Tour Bus Overturns 201 Freeway LA (Photo: KTLA)
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Dozens of people were injured Thursday when a charter tour bus overturned after apparently hitting a big rig on Interstate 210 Freeway in Duarte, a suburb of in eastern Los Angeles County.

The accident occurred on eastbound 210 just past the interchange with the 605 Freeway, KTLA reports.The crash left the bus -- with the front windows knocked out -- resting on its side down an embankment.

As many as 40 people have been injured, but none were in critical condition, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, KTLA reports.

KABC-TV says a log on the bus indicates that it is operated by Da Zhen Travel Agency, located in Monterey Park.

The Associated Press noted that the route is frequented by "gamblers' special" buses carrying tourists from the San Gabriel Valley to desert casinos and Las Vegas.

A KTTV-TV helicopter showed the bus on its side alongside the freeway. Numerous firefighters and ambulances are on the scene and apparent victims are being examined in a triage operation.

All lanes of 210 were shut down to allow emergency helicopters to land, creating a massive traffic jam winding back for several miles. The highway patrol opened the west bound lanes after about an hour.

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