Bus Crashes, Rolls Over On 10 Freeway In Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A bus with 32 passengers onboard rolled over on  the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles this morning,  sending 25 people to area hospitals, some with serious injuries.

The accident happened around 4 a.m., as the bus struck sand-filled  attenuators at the Harbor (110) Freeway connector and subsequently hit a  concrete bridge abutment before going onto the edge of the concrete bridge  railing and overturning onto its driver side, the California Highway Patrol  reported.

The reason why the 53-year-old bus driver lost control of the vehicle  is still being investigated.

CHP officers responded to a call of a vehicle hitting attenuators  designed to absorb a crash impact and discovered the bus on its side, according  to Officer Peter Nicholson.

Firefighters took four people in serious condition, five in fair  condition and 16 in good condition to hospitals, according to Amy Bastman of  the Los Angeles Fire Department. Most passengers walked from the bus and seven  refused treatment, she said.

The bus was returning to Koreatown from a casino in San Diego County,  the CHP said.

A SigAlert issued for the westbound lanes of the Santa Monica (10)  Freeway at the Harbor (110) Freeway connector was canceled at 9:26 a.m. The  Grand Avenue on-ramp to the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway remains closed,  the CHP reported.

“Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision,'' the CHP  said.  “The bus was equipped with seatbelts and their use by the driver and  passengers is part of the investigation.''

The CHP asked anyone who witnessed the crash to call them at (213) 744- 2331.

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