07/22/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Fresno, CA—A three-vehicle collision, involving a Greyhound bus, claimed the lives of six people and injured 34 others, when the bus slammed into an overturned SUV on California Highway 99. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the fatal accident occurred around 2:15 p.m., on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Fresno, reports CNN.
CHP officials stated a Greyhound bus was traveling northbound on California Highway 99, when the bus slammed into an overturned SUV in the fast lane of the highway. The bus then hit a second vehicle before heading down an embankment and struck a large eucalyptus tree.
“The impact was ‘like a bomb was going off’… Just pieces everywhere. It was terrible,” witness Mike Coupland described.
The violent collision killed five people who were pronounced dead at the scene. Another victim later succumbed to their injuries as well. Police believe one of the deceased victims was the person inside the SUV. Six people suffered what were described as “moderate injuries,” while 24 other sustained “minor injuries.” Four other victims sustained critical injuries.
The Greyhound bus was reported en route from Los Angeles to Sacramento when the accident occurred in Fresno. Authorities are unsure if the SUV had overturned prior to the crash or if it was previously in the road.
Relief buses were sent to the scene to pick up the uninjured passengers.
A full investigation is underway.
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