At about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 8 people were killed and 27 were injured in a bus crash in the San Bernardino Mountains. While traveling on California Highway 38, the driver of a tour bus lost control and rolled over a truck; a sedan was also involved in the collision. Firefighters spent more than two hours extricating the victims. Emergency responders transported 27 people to local hospitals, 6 of them to receive treatment for major trauma. The bus, which was carrying 38 passengers, had departed from Tijuana early that morning for a trip to Big Bear and was reportedly returning when the collision occurred. Highway 38 will be closed throughout the day while authorities investigate.
“When vehicle occupants are seriously or fatally injured in a crash, they or their families may hold the at-fault party liable for expenses related to their recovery or loss,” explained California bus accident attorney James Ballidis.
In San Bernardino County, 180 people lost their lives and 11,050 were injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. California’s incidence of traffic deaths increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the 8 people who were killed in the bus crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the 27 who were injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this San Bernardino collision.
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