Los Angeles Tour Bus: 13 Passengers Confirmed Dead

The Riverside County Coroner’s Office confirmed 13 passengers’ lives have been taken after a Los Angeles tour bus returning from a trip to a Red Earth Casino in Thermal violently collided with a big rig on the westbound I-10 near Palm Springs before sunrise this Sunday Morning. At least 30 additional injured bus passengers have been taken to Palm Springs area hospitals for triage and emergency medical treatment.

“The tour bus had smashed into the rear of the big rig, and the front of the bus was enveloped by the big rig’s trailer. Dozens of firefighters swarmed the scene, struggling to reach victims. They used chainsaws to break open the vehicle and make their way into its front, even though it was clear there was barely any room to fit inside.” http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2016/10/23/least-three-dead-after-interstate-10-bus-crash/92641620/

Patients were taken to all three Coachella Valley hospitals. Desert Regional Medical Center, home to the valley’s only trauma center, is treating 14 adult passenger patients, 5 critical, 3 serious, and 6 with apparent non-life threatening injuries. Rancho Mirage hospital received 11 adult passengers with non-life threatening injuries; and JFK Medical Center is treating 5 passengers with non-life threatening injuries.

All of us at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to those who are injured, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The victims included the bus driver, Teodulo Vides, 59, as well as Isabel Jimenez Hernandez, 66; Rosa Ruiz, 53; Gustavo Green, 62; Zoila Aguilera, 72; Milagros Gonzales, 72; Conception Corvera, 57; Aracely Tije, 63; Dora Galvez de Rodriguez, 69; Elvia Sanchez, 52, and Ana Gomes de Magallon, 71, according to the Riverside County coroner’s records.

The tour bus belonged to USA Holiday, a Los Angeles-based tour company. Preliminary investigation suggests the driver was one of the company’s owners. USA Holiday carries passengers from Greater Los Angeles to Southern California casinos, and the company’s Instagram page says it has been doing so for 25 years. USA Holiday has recently made trips to Tortoise Rock Casino, Red Earth Casino and Las Vegas, but the company hasn’t promoted any trips on Facebook or Instagram since mid-September. http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2016/10/23/least-three-dead-after-interstate-10-bus-crash/92641620/

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will investigate the fatal crash and is sending an investigative team to the crash site. Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, a firm specializing in representing victims and family members harmed by catastrophic air, land, and sea crashes, will conduct its own investigation through its Southern California and New York offices. Napoli Shkolnik PLLC will leave no stone unturned when investigating the root causes of crashes and getting justice for the injured persons and family members we represent.

Photo Credit: Colin Atagi/The Desert Sun