Mother and newborn baby survive deadly California bus crash
POSTED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 8:57am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A mother and her newborn baby survived a bus crash that killed four and injured dozens more near the Southern California-Arizona border early Wednesday morning.
Ana Perez and her 12 day old baby, Daniela were among the more than 30 passengers aboard a charter bus that left El Paso for Los Angeles Tuesday evening.
"I didn't let her go. When I got up, I was in between two dead bodies," said Perez.
After making a stop in Phoenix to change drivers, investigators say the bus ran into metal pipes on the road left behind by a big-rig that jackknifed minutes before.
The bus belonged to the El Paso - Los Angeles Limousine Express bus company.
"As far as I understand, there's no allegations to any mechanical issue, there's no allegation to any driver's issues," said Jerry Rosenbaum, the president of the company.
"The driver lost control, and veered to the right shoulder and overturned down the dirt embankment over here to the side," said Lt. Commander Gustavo Guzman with the California Highway Patrol.
The crash happened around 2 a.m. on Wednesday near Blythe, California, more than 200 miles east of LA.
Travelers at the El Paso bus station were saddened by the news, but many said it wouldn't stop them from getting on a bus again.
"It's like one in a million that something like this would happen," said Cesar Peña.
"If you have traveled on buses in China, Turkmenistan, Burma, and Myanmar, buses here are perfectly safe," said Vincent Moar.
Back in California, Perez was released from the hospital early Wednesday morning, bruised on her legs and back, but thankful for a miracle nobody saw coming.
"All I remember is that I just had her like this with no blankets at all," she said.
Some two dozen passengers were injured, three were airlifted to hospitals in the area of the crash site.
Investigators have not released the names of those killed.