Over the weekend, a tour bus of people ventured out to Palm Springs to visit the Read Earth Casino. On their return to LA, the bus crashed into the back of a semi-truck. Thirteen people were confirmed dead on the scene, including the driver, and thirty-one were injured. The Los Angeles Times stated, “The crash occurred at 5:17 a.m. Sunday in Desert Hot Springs as the bus headed back to Los Angeles from a casino in Thermal near the Salton Sea.” The front of the bus was demolished, and officials say that the bus had to have been traveling at a much greater speed than the semi-truck.
Unfortunately, “the bus did not have seat belts. As a result, some of the victims suffered facial injuries involving soft tissue and bones and may require plastic surgery.” It is undetermined whether the driver had fallen asleep, had a potential heart attack or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many of the badly injured were taken to Coachella Valley’s only trauma center while the others who suffered minor to moderate injuries were taken to the two other hospitals.
Buses are still statistically one of the safest forms of transportation. But when a bus crash does occur, the size of bus, coupled with the large number of people, often causes serious injuries or even death for those involved. “Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that requires buses manufactured after 2020 that carry more than 39 people to be equipped with emergency lighting that would automatically illuminate after a collision, to aid with evacuation”, stated The Los Angeles Times. This law also requires the driver to give safety instructions to all of the passengers. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers sends our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who have been hurt or killed.
*Photo from the LA Times