FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Three bus crashes on rain-slick Southern California freeways killed one person and injured dozens more Thursday, authorities said.
A tour bus heading from the Los Angeles area to the Valley View Casino & Hotel in San Diego County overturned at about 2:30 p.m. on southbound Interstate 15 near Fallbrook, authorities said.
One person was partially flung through a window and died at the scene, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettancourt. Another six people suffered serious injuries and 13 more had minor injuries, he said.
The driver, a 56-year-old man from Compton, told authorities that he was traveling about 55 mph when the bus began to fishtail.
"He lost control a little bit, tried to overcorrect," and the bus spun around and landed on its side, Bettancourt said.
The driver was among those with minor injuries, he said.
The bus was a charter heading from Panorama City in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley to the casino, said a secretary at Five Star Bus Charter Inc. in Bell, who only gave her name as Maria. She said the owners were unable to immediately make a statement about the crash.
At almost the same time as the first crash, 30 people suffered minor to moderate injuries when a tour bus coming from the Pala Casino Spa & Resort in San Diego County overturned on northbound I-15, authorities said.
That crash occurred in the Corona area of Riverside County, east of Los Angeles and about 50 miles from the first crash scene.
A call to the bus operator, Sina Coach of Walnut, was not immediately returned.
An earlier crash involving a transit bus in Riverside County injured more than a dozen people, at least one seriously.
The bus was on state Route 74 near Perris at about 9 a.m. when it slid sideways and hit a Pontiac Bonneville traveling in the opposite direction, the CHP said. A tow truck following the Bonneville also hit the car.
Authorities at first said 21 people suffered minor to moderate injuries. Later, fire officials said 14 people, including the driver of the car, were taken to hospitals. Most had minor injuries, but a CHP statement said the Bonneville's driver, a 48-year-old woman, had major injuries.
Riverside Transit Agency spokesman Brad Weaver said the bus driver suffered minor injuries and wasn't taken to a hospital.
Although the causes of all three crashes remained under investigation, all occurred on wet roads as a storm hit Southern California with rainshowers.