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At Least 13 Dead, 31 Injured Near Palm Springs In Tour Bus-Big Rig Collision

At least 13 people are dead and another 31 injured after an early morning crash on Sunday in Desert Hot Springs, California, between a tour bus and a big-rig semi-truck.

The accident occurred at roughly 5 a.m. on the 10 Freeway at Indian Canyon, according to CBSLA; The Desert Sun reported the big rig driver was unhurt.

The USA Holiday bus was en route from the Red Earth Casino in Salton City to Los Angeles; the company that owns the USA Holiday Bus usually transports people from Los Angeles to Southern California casinos, according to The Desert Sun. According to California Highway Patrol officer Stephanie Hamilton, the driver of the tour bus was one of the owners of the company. The company’s Facebook page is here.

The passenger bus pushed into the semi-truck’s trailer. WTSP reported, “a tow truck was used to lift the trailer and help officials gain easier access to the demolished vehicle. Another tow truck tried to pull the big rig forward, off the bus.”

14 patients, five in critical condition, three in serious condition and six with minor injuries, were transported to the Palm Springs hospital. Eleven people with minor injuries were sent to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage; five people were taken to JFK Medical Center.