A Greyhound bus carrying 47 passengers enroute to Sacramento from Los Angeles crashed on a highway in California’s Central Valley on Thursday, killing six and injuring many others.
Michele Sigmond, California Highway Patrol Officer, said the bus driver swerved along the highway to try to avoid an earlier crash involving an overturned SUV. This caused the bus to slam into a concrete center divider and struck another vehicle.
The bus then went down an embankment and hit a eucalyptus tree before coming to rest on a freeway off-ramp. Its front end was smashed and tree branches were jutting into the vehicle.
CHP Officer Kirk Arnold said there were 47 people on board the bus, and the driver was among the 6 people who were killed. Investigators are still checking if the people who died or suffered injuries are all passengers of the bus.
The bus was said to have departed from Los Angeles late Wednesday and stopped in Fresno before continuing on its route to Sacramento.