California bus crashes leave 1 dead, dozens hurt

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2013 at 8:45 am •  Published: December 20, 2013
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FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Three buses carrying commuters and casino gamblers skidded and crashed on rainy Southern California freeways in separate accidents, leaving one woman dead and dozens injured, authorities said.

The causes of Thursday's crashes in Riverside and San Diego counties remained under investigation but in each case it was either raining or the roadways were slick from downpours, authorities said.

One bus was heading from Los Angeles south to the Valley View Casino & Hotel in San Diego County when it overturned on Interstate 15 near Fallbrook.

A woman was partially flung through a window and died at the scene, and 19 others had injuries, six of them serious, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettancourt said. The woman was identified Friday by the San Diego County medical examiner as 64-year-old Tayde Murguia of Los Angeles.

The driver told authorities that he was traveling about 55 mph when the bus began to fishtail.

"He lost control a little bit, tried to overcorrect," and the bus spun around and landed on its side, Bettancourt said.

The driver was among those with minor injuries, he said.

About 50 miles away, 30 people suffered minor to moderate injuries when a tour bus coming from the Pala Casino Spa & Resort in San Diego County overturned on northbound I-15, authorities said.

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