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California Bus Accident Leaves One Dead Many Others in critical condition

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One woman was killed and 21 others injured, eight of them seriously, when a bus traveling from Culver City, California to Laughlin Nevada drifted off of Interstate 40 and onto the shoulder of the highway. The bus, operated by Royal American Tours & Charter of Glendale, was traveling approximately 70 mph left the active roadway and rolled over after encountering the soft dirt median on the side of the interstate. The incident is currently under investigation to determine why the bus driver was unable to control the vehicle. The scope of the personal injury losses was so large, for this small community in the Mojave Desert, that six military helicopters and nine emergency vehicles from a local military base had to assist in the response. When an incident such as this occurs it is important to preserve all of the physical evidence, at the scene, which will assist investigators in determining the speed of the vehicle at the time control was lost as well as determine what if any mechanical failures may have played a role in this tragic incident.