Four die in tour bus crash on California-Arizona border

An accident involving a tractor-trailer rig caused a tour bus to overturn near the California-Arizona border early Wednesday morning, killing four and inuring at least 21 othersaccording to reports.

The accident occurred on Interstate 10, near Blythe, Calif., about 2:00 a.m Pacific time. The big rig apparently jackknifed onto the median and spilled its load of steel pipes onto the lanes, Terri Kasinga, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation, told the Los Angeles Times.

The bus may have swerved to avoid the pipes or possible hit them and overturned on the shoulder. A Chevrolet Suburban collided with the pipes and was heavily damaged, according to the Times.

The bus, which carried 25 people, was traveling to Los Angeles from El Paso, Tex., with a stop in Phoenix, according to CBS Los Angeles.

There were “multiple critical and serious injuries,” Kasinga told KNX 1070, a news radio station in Los Angeles.

The road is expected to be closed in both directions at least until noon Pacific time, according to the Times.

“The later it gets into the morning, it’s going to back up in both states,” Kasinga said.

This post will be updated as we get more information…


Abby Phillip is a general assignment national reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at On Twitter: @abbydphillip



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments

Sign up for email updates from the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

You have signed up for the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

Thank you for signing up
You'll receive e-mail when new stories are published in this series.
Most Read National



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
Mark Berman · May 20, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.