By Tony Perry, September 2, 2013
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.