10 in hospital after tour bus crash on way to San Diego County casino


The driver and nine passengers of a tour bus on its way to a casino in northern San Diego County were taken to a local hospital Sunday night after the bus careened off the road and crashed into trees, the California Highway Patrol said.

The accident occurred as the 1996 bus was traveling from Los Angeles to the Casino Pauma with 18 passengers, the CHP said.

The driver and passengers were taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido with “various complaints of pain.” The most serious injury appeared to be a cut to the head.


The driver said the bus suffered brake failure on Pala Temecula Road near Aruba Road about 10:49 p.m., the CHP said. The bus was unable to stop while entering a curve and instead smashed into a guard rail and then collided with trees and a boulder on the right side of the road.

The passengers were from the Los Angeles area. The driver is a 58-year-old resident of El Monte.

The incident remains under investigation. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be involved, the CHP said.


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