YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus carrying dozens of men, women and children from Tijuana, Mexico, crashed in the mountains of Southern California, killing at least eight of the people who had spent Sunday at a winter recreation area, authorities said.
Crews worked through the night to recover the dead, but one body remained aboard the bus early Monday, said Rocky Shaw, a San Bernardino County coroner’s investigator.
Officials hadn’t been able to retrieve the body because the front end of the bus was dangling over the edge of the roadside.
Investigators were trying to pick up any personal property to help identify victims.
More than three dozen people were injured, and at least 17 were still hospitalized, including at least five in critical condition. One is a girl.
The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Sunday about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. It left State Route 38 littered with body parts and debris, and the bus sideways across both lanes with its windows blown out, front end crushed and part of the roof peeled back like a tin can.
The crash occurred when the speeding bus rear-ended a Saturn sedan on the mountain road, flipped and hit a Ford pickup truck, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Mario Lopez.