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Seven injured after Amtrak bus rolls into ditch off 101 Freeway

Seven injured after Amtrak bus rolls into ditch off 101 Freeway
First responders work at the scene after seven people were injured when an Amtrak bus overturned on its side near Los Alamos on Jan. 18. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Seven passengers were injured Friday after an Amtrak bus rolled into a ditch off the 101 Freeway south of Los Alamos and flipped on its side, authorities said.

The bus was traveling from Oakland to Santa Barbara when it crashed shortly before 6 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Karina Lua said.

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The bus was traveling in fog and was moving slightly downhill before the crash, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The vehicle went off the highway shoulder and into muddy ground on the side of the freeway, where it may have lost traction and rolled over into a culvert about 40 feet from the highway, he said.

There were 25 passengers on board, and seven were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Eliason said. The remaining passengers were transferred to another bus, Amtrak said.

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