IRWINDALE (CBSLA.com) — A charter bus Thursday overturned on the eastbound 210 Freeway in Irwindale and injured more than 50 passengers after colliding with a Hyundai Elantra.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said the crash occurred around 10:10 a.m.
The CHP believes the driver of the bus made an improper and unsafe lane change.
At least 10 ambulances responded to the scene and Cantonese and Mandarin translators were requested to help communicate with bus passengers.
The bus, owned by Da Zhen Travel Agency of Monterey Park, was heading to the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino from the San Gabriel Valley.
The crash occurred where the 210 and 605 connector meet in Irwindale. After the bus overturned, it slid along train tracks.
Authorities told CBS2’s Bobby Kaple at least six of the injuries were serious.
Eight passengers were airlifted, five of which went to County-USC Medical Center, Dr. Leonardo Rodriguez said.
“The initial triage identified a couple of patients that were moderate and then as we continued to remove the patients from the bus, it is very fortunate that all the patients were either moderate or minor in their injuries. We had no critical patients,” Dep. Chief John Tripp said.
The freeway was shut down in both directions for at least 30 minutes as victims were transported. The westbound 210 and the carpool lane on the east side of the freeway were reopened at 11 a.m.
Tipster Brent Montague told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO he saw the accident and said the bus appeared to be trying to merge from one side of the freeway to the other when it swerved to avoid a car.