Tour Bus and Big Rig Collide; 40 Reported Injured

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A tour bus loaded with children and a big rig collided late Tuesday on a remote stretch of Interstate 15, authorities said. At least 40 injuries were reported.

The crash occurred about 10 p.m. on the northbound lanes of the highway that connects Southern California and Las Vegas. The cause was not clear, but the bus ended up in a ditch.

The bus driver was trapped in the wreckage and firefighters were working to extricate him, said Dennis West of the San Bernardino Fire Department.

The driver was reported in critical condition, six people suffered moderate injuries and other passengers--including 33 children--suffered minor injuries, West said. However, the CHP said at least five people suffered major injuries.