Caltrans spokeswoman: 4 fatalities, multiple injuries in Southern California bus crash

The Associated Press
May 21, 2014 05:06 AM

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a fatal accident in Blythe, Calif. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. A tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes onto a highway, triggering a bus crash Wednesday that killed four people and seriously injured several others on the main road linking Southern California and Arizona, authorities said. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

BLYTHE, Calif. - Authorities say at least four people were killed and several more suffered serious injuries when a passenger bus overturned on Interstate 10 in Southern California near the Arizona border.

Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says the crash occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday just east of Blythe when a big rig jackknifed and spilled a load of steel pipes into lanes.

She says the bus either swerved to avoid the pipes or it struck the pipes and overturned onto the shoulder.

Kasinga says four people are dead but there could be more fatalities.

Emergency airships have transported several passengers with critical injuries to hospitals.

Kasinga says all lanes of the interstate will be closed for several hours.

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