Northern California Bus Accident Kills 2, Injures Others

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
January 19, 2016 Updated: January 19, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif.— A Greyhound bus rolled onto its side during a rainy Tuesday morning commute in Northern California, killing two women and sending at least eight others to the hospital, authorities said.

Several other victims suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene in San Jose. One person suffered major injuries, and three others had moderate injuries, the California Highway Patrol said. Others were ferried to a hospital to be treated for bruises and cuts.

The Greyhound bus carrying 20 passengers and the driver rolled onto the center divider of Highway 101, a major commuting thoroughfare, while heading north around 6:40 a.m., said Lanesha Gipson, a Greyhound spokeswoman.

The vehicle left Los Angeles at 11:30 p.m. Monday with stops planned in San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland, Gipson said. The driver began his shift in LA, and the company requires operators to rest nine hours between trips, she said.

 

A Caltrans crew begins the clean up at the scene of a fatal bus accident Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (Gary Reyes/San Jose Mercury News via AP)
A Caltrans crew begins the clean up at the scene of a fatal bus accident Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (Gary Reyes/San Jose Mercury News via AP)

Bodies, left, are covered with tarps as officials work at the scene of a fatal bus accident, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (Gary Reyes(/San Jose Mercury News via AP)
Bodies, left, are covered with tarps as officials work at the scene of a fatal bus accident, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (Gary Reyes(/San Jose Mercury News via AP)

A California Highway Patrol investigator examines the scene of a fatal Greyhound bus crash, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A California Highway Patrol investigator examines the scene of a fatal Greyhound bus crash, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

In this photo provided by KGO-TV, officials work at the scene of a fatal bus accident Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (KGO-TV via AP)
In this photo provided by KGO-TV, officials work at the scene of a fatal bus accident Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (KGO-TV via AP)

In this photo provided by KGO-TV, officials work at the scene of a fatal bus accident Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (KGO-TV via AP)
In this photo provided by KGO-TV, officials work at the scene of a fatal bus accident Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (KGO-TV via AP)

In this photo provided by KGO-TV, officials work at the scene of a fatal bus accident Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (KGO-TV via AP)
In this photo provided by KGO-TV, officials work at the scene of a fatal bus accident Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (KGO-TV via AP)

The driver, who was one of those sent to the hospital, will be asked to submit a blood sample to test for alcohol and drugs, CHP Officer Chris Miceli said. Prosecutors have been notified, which is a routine measure, he said.

“We still don’t know what caused the accident,” Miceli said.

It is under investigation, and the National Safety Transportation Board is sending a team of investigators, agency spokesman Eric Weiss said.

After the bus rolled, a driver traveling south hit some of the debris, damaging the car but leaving the motorist uninjured, Miceli said.

The crumpled bus remained on its right side, straddling the center median, throughout the morning. The accident snarled a commute already slowed by rain, backing up northbound Highway 101 for several miles.

A California Highway Patrol officer moves belongings from a Greyhound bus crash that left two dead and at least eight injured on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. A Greyhound spokeswoman said the bus, which left Los Angeles Monday night, was carrying 20 passengers in addition to the driver. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A California Highway Patrol officer moves belongings from a Greyhound bus crash that left two dead and at least eight injured on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. A Greyhound spokeswoman said the bus, which left Los Angeles Monday night, was carrying 20 passengers in addition to the driver. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Mario Mariscal was driving into work when he came across the crash and snapped a photo of the bus on its side on the median on the rain-slicked highway.

“There was an overwhelming amount of emergency crews there,” he said. “Everybody that went out there was definitely doing their job.”

Authorities have not released the identity of the victims.