MENTONE ( — The death toll from Sunday’s bus accident rose to eight people Wednesday.

Fred Bailey Richardson, the driver of the pickup truck that collided with the bus around 6:30 p.m. Sunday on Highway 38 near Bryant Street, died Wednesday morning, CHP Officer Mario Lopez said.

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Seven others were killed in the collision and dozens more were injured.

Fred Bailey Richardson (credit: DMV)

Fred Bailey Richardson (credit: DMV)

The bus carrying 38 people had departed Tijuana, Mexico, at 5:00 a.m. for a day of skiing at Big Bear.

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A preliminary report from the CHP indicates that the bus went out of control, flipped over and hit the pickup truck that was hauling a trailer.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but speed is being considered a factor.

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