El Paso to L.A. bus crash leaves four dead; 12-day-old baby unharmed
POSTED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 1:18pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:58pm
Blythe, CA (KTSM) — Four people were killed early Wednesday morning in a crash involving an El Paso - Los Angeles Limousine Express bus and semi truck on I-10 near the Southern California border with Arizona.
The crash was reported at about 2 a.m., about 220 miles east of Los Angeles. A preliminary investigation indicated the semi truck heading east on I-10 jack-knifed and scattered steel pipes on the darkened highway, which sent pipes into the westbound lanes of traffic. The El Paso - Los Angeles Limousine line, which was traveling west, was unable to avoid the pipes and reportedly flipped on its side, sending the bus careening down an embankment.
The El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express bus, which departed El Paso at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday evening was en route to Los Angeles at the time of the crash. The President of El Paso - Los Angeles Limousine Express Inc., Jerry Rosenbaum, said that there were 31 passengers and 1 driver on board at the time of the crash. Rosenbaum said at this time, they do not know where the passengers originated from.
Four people were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, 17 were transported to Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, Ca. according to Rosenbaum. He said he believes almost all of the 17 people taken to Palo Verde have since been released.
Four passengers were air evacuated to Palm Springs Desert Regional Hospital, one was taken via helicopter to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA and one was taken to La Paz Regional Hospital in Parker, AZ. Four other passengers were not injured and they were taken to a Red Cross Center set up near the scene of the crash.
A 12-day-old baby was among those unharmed.
The child's mother, Ana Perez, told the media she was breastfeeding her daughter, Daniela, when the crash happened.
"It was horrible," Perez said. "All I remember was that I didn't her go. And when I got up, I was in between two dead bodies."
Perez suffered bruises to her legs and back; baby Daniela was untouched.
The driver of the bus was being questioned about the accident by California Highway Patrol, but he does not believe that the bus driver was responsible for the crash.
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The El Paso based company has three buses that depart from its El Paso location each day heading toward Los Angeles. The bus makes stops in several cities along the route allowing passengers on and off of the bus. Blythe, California is approximately 2 hours east of Indio, California, where the 5:45 p.m. bus was scheduled to stop at 4:45 a.m.
El Paso - Los Angeles Limousine encourages anyone seeking information on family that may have been on board at the time of the crash to call (915) 225-8196.