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13 people killed as bus collides with truck in California


California: At least 13 people were killed and 31 wounded as a tour bus collided with a tractor-trailer in the suburbs of California, the sources claimed.  

The tour bus was returning from a casino, the sources added.

The collision claimed the lives of bus driver while the truck driver was injured seriously, told the California Highway Patrol division Chief Jim Abele.

“The speed of the bus was so accelerated that when it hit the back of the truck-trailer, the trailer itself entered about 15 feet into the bus,” he told in a press conference.

The MCI bus operated by USA Holiday was returning to Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino near the Salton Sea, Abele told the media persons.

Moreover, the incident happened at 5:17am according to local time, the sources said adding that the cause was not immediately known which is being investigated.

The survivors informed that most of the passengers were sleeping when collision happened. The victims were found in their seats and he believes most of the dead were sitting in the front of the bus, Abele said.