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At least a dozen injured in morning RTA bus crash

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Issue 51, Volume 17.
Kitty Alvarado
Special to the Valley News

At least a dozen people suffered minor injuries when a Riverside Transit Agency bus crashed into a car that was then hit by a tow truck in Romoland.

The accident was reported just before 9:00 Thursday morning. California Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Baer said that the passenger bus was traveling westbound on Highway 74, just East of Briggs Road at an unknown rate of speed, when the driver suddenly turned or veered into the left lane.

"The bus went sideways and struck a Pontiac Bonneville and following that Bonneville was a tow truck, he tried to swerve to avoid the bus and the Bonneville and also collided with the Bonneville," said Baer.

According to Cal Fire/Riverside County's website, 14 people were transported by ambulances to area hospitals, of Advertisement
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those, two suffered serious injuries.

Baer said CHP is still trying to locate all of the passengers but confirmed that at least 11 were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries adding that initial reports stated that the driver of the Bonneville suffered major injuries, but the person's injuries have since been downgraded to moderate.

RTA spokesperson, Bradley Weaver, said there were 21 people riding the bus and 13 of them were transported to hospitals. He says they're working with CHP to determine what caused the collision.

"This is something we take seriously and the safety of our customers is paramount and we are not going to rest until we find out the cause of accident and that our customers are in good hands and recovered," said Weaver.



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