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California bus crash: Passenger says bus appeared to be trying to pass

That vehicle wasn\'t allowing him to pass and it kind of ran him off the road said one of the survivors.

Published: 03rd August 2016 06:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2016 06:22 AM   |  A+A-

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Rescue crews work at the scene of a charter bus crash on northbound Highway 99 between Atwater and Livingston. (AP)

By AP

ATWATER: The Latest on a deadly California bus crash (all times local):

 

5:25 p.m.

One of the survivors of Tuesday's deadly central California bus crash says the bus appeared to be trying to pass another vehicle that wouldn't let it in just before it veered off the highway and slammed into a pole, killing five people.

"That vehicle wasn't allowing him to pass and it kind of ran him off the road," Nakia Coleman of Pasco, Washington, told Washington's Tri-City Herald newspaper.

California Highway Patrol Officer Moises Onsurez says the bus suddenly turned sharply off the highway before the crash. He says investigators are still trying to determine why.

Onsurez added that investigators haven't been able to interview the driver yet because of his injuries.

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2:30 p.m.

At least 18 survivors of a deadly bus crash on a central California highway have been treated at hospitals.

Spokeswoman Carin Sarkis says Doctors Medical Center of Modesto received two men and a woman who were all in critical condition and two women in serious condition.

Spokeswoman Pennie Rorex says Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock received four patients, including a man in serious condition who was being transferred to Modesto. Emanuel treated and released the other three.

Memorial Medical Center in Modesto received four patients. Spokesman Craig Baize says all were admitted in fair condition.

Mercy Medical Center in Merced received five patients. Spokeswoman Lindsey Wine says four were discharged and one was transferred elsewhere in stable condition.

Authorities say five people were killed when the bus struck a signpost in the San Joaquin Valley. About 30 were aboard.

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12:20 p.m.

A man who survived a pre-dawn bus wreck on a California highway says he was awakened from his sleep when he was thrown into the seat in front of him and then to the floor.

Leonardo Sanchez spoke to The Associated Press in Spanish outside a hospital near where the bus hit a sign post on State Route 99 in the San Joaquin Valley early Tuesday.

Authorities say five people were killed and at least five others were flown to hospitals in unknown condition.

Sanchez says he found himself in a chaotic scene: passengers were screaming and crying, some called for help and some were unable to move.

The 55-year-old says the impact left him with pain in his stomach and a bruised jaw and mouth.

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9:30 a.m.

A California sheriff says several injured passengers lost limbs when a speeding bus veered off a highway and struck a pole, killing five people.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke tells The Associated Press that the bus hit the pole of a highway sign head-on early Tuesday, and it sheared through the vehicle before stopping at the first axle "with a great impact."

Warnke says rescuers brought out "bags of body parts" from the survivors following the crash on State Route 99 just south of Livingston.

The sheriff says the bus operated by Autobuses Coordinados USA was heading to Washington state and was due in Livingston at 1:30 a.m. to change drivers.

The California Highway Patrol says five people died and at least five people were airlifted to hospitals in unknown condition.

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7:15 a.m.

Authorities say a bus crash on a central California freeway has killed five people and sent at least five others to hospitals.

California Highway Patrol Officer Moises Onsurez says the five injured were airlifted to hospitals. He didn't have details about additional injuries or the cause of the crash that happened early Tuesday on State Route 99 between the cities of Atwater and Livingston.

Photos and video show the unmarked white bus crashed into the pole of a highway exit sign that appears to have torn through the middle of the vehicle. Emergency workers climbed in through the windows.

Onsurez says the bus with about 30 people aboard was heading from Southern California to Sacramento.

The northbound lanes of the freeway are closed during the investigation.

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5:55 a.m.

Authorities have responded to a bus crash on a central California freeway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Moises Onsurez says the crash happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday on State Route 99 between the cities of Atwater and Livingston.

Photos and video show the unmarked white bus crashed into the pole of a highway exit sign that appears to have torn through the middle of the vehicle. Emergency workers climbed in through the windows.

Onsurez says the bus with about 30 people aboard was heading from Southern California to Sacramento.

Additional details were not immediately available.

The northbound lanes of the freeway are closed during the investigation.

Atwater is a city of 28,000 people in Merced County, about 65 miles northwest of Fresno.



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