November 28, 2005

Bus overturns in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Greyhound bus carrying 44
passengers overturned on Sunday morning in southern California,
killing two and seriously injuring a dozen others, authorities

The accident occurred on the northbound lane of Highway 101
in Santa Maria, in Santa Barbara County, said Battalion Chief
Eric Peterson of the county Fire Department.

Emergency personnel arriving on the scene found the bus
wedged between two eucalyptus trees about six feet (1.80
meters) down an embankment, authorities said.

Peterson said two passengers were killed, and seven were in
critical condition. Another four were moderately injured. One
of the dead was a pregnant woman, whose fetus did not survive
the crash.

The bus originated in Los Angeles, and had stopped in Santa
Barbara on its way to San Francisco. Authorities are still
trying to determine the cause of the crash.