SOURCE: CASPER NEWS
RESTRICTION: COURTESY CASPERNEWS
Location - Date: Yupaica, California/February 5, 2013
1. Mid, night. Emergency workers treating injured on ground
2. Wide, emergency officials outside overturned vehicle
3. SOUNDBITE: BATTALION CHIEF RON WALLS/SAN BERNADINO COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
There's still quite a bit that we don't know about how the incident happened. We do know that there's a bus and two vehicles involved. A pickup truck that had a trailer behind it and another smaller vehicle. It looks like between all of the vehicles we're looking at probably right around 43 persons involved.
4. Wide. Emergency workers outside bus, fire truck
5. Mid. Emergency workers treating man on ground
6. SOUNDBITE: BATTALION CHIEF RON WALLS/SAN BERNADINO COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Unknown exactly how the incident happened. But we do know that the vehicle, the bus, had rolled over and there are some very significant injuries as a result of that.
7. Mid emergency workers with stretcher, treating wounded
8. SOUNDBITE: BATTALION CHIEF RON WALLS/SAN BERNADINO COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
We believe there was 38 persons on the bus plus the driver. And as far as injuries that is still very dynamic, we are still transporting folks right now as we speak.
9. Wide. Back of bus
10. Wide, Injured people being treated
11. Wide, more injured people being treated
12. SOUNDBITE: BATTALION CHIEF RON WALLS/SAN BERNADINO COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
We do know that the initial classification showed seven in what we would consider an immediate or critical category and 11 walking wounded. We know that there are several DOA patients or dead patients, we don't have an accurate count on that yet, so we're not releasing a number, we don't have an accurate count yet.
13. Mid. Emergency workers
14. Wide, people near wreckage
15. Wide, wreckage, emergency workers
The California Highway Patrol says the scene at a tour bus crash is so chaotic that as many as 10 people may have been killed. Officials say right now they've counted eight dead and 38 injured.
California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Profant describes the scene as shocking with some bodies not intact.
San Bernadino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Walls said it was unclear how many people were killed or injured. He did say there were people who had to be hospitalized for critical care as well as walking wounded and people who were dead on arrival, but that the numbers were too dynamic to give an accurate assessment.
The crash happened last night when the bus carrying Mexican tourists down a Southern California mountain road struck a car, flipped and plowed into a pickup truck pulling a trailer.
The bus driver told investigators the bus had brake problems as it headed down State Route 38, which runs through the San Bernardino National Forest to Big Bear. The bus was leaving the forest on its way back to Tijuana, Mexico.
Lettering on the bus indicates it was operated by Scapadas Magicas LLC, a company based in National City, Calif. Federal transportation records show the company is licensed to carry passengers for interstate travel and that it had no crashes in the past two years.