Bus bound for Casino Pauma crashes, multiple injuries
Accident occurred southbound on Pala Temecula Rd.
Last Updated: 95 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Ten of 18 people who were passengers in a 1996 tour bus that crashed Sunday night on its way from Los Angeles to Casino Pauma were recuperating Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred at about 10:49 p.m., with the bus headed southbound on Pala Temecula Road near Aruba Road, according CHP PIO Jim Bettencourt.
"The driver experienced brake failure," Bettencourt said. "The bus was unable to stop while entering a curve in the roadway and collided into a metal guard rail on the east side of the road. After the collision with the guard rail, the bus careened to the right and collided into several trees and boulders not far off of the right shoulder."
The passengers were all from the Los Angeles area.
Ten people, including the 58-year-old driver from El Monte, were transported to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for treatment. The crash victims had various complaints of pain, the most serious being a head
laceration, Bettencourt said. 10News learned that by noon Monday, the injured passengers were released from the hospital.
Bettencourt said it does not appear that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.
The roadway was closed for several hours.
The bus is being kept as evidence by police and the crash was being investigated.
The owner of the bus company Polar Express told 10News the driver has only been with them for six months and that this was his first job as a bus driver.
The owner, Dai Huynh, said he owns two buses and both passed inspections last week. He said the driver called him reporting mechanical issues. But when the driver restarted the engine, the error message did not pop up, so the driver kept going.
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