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1 Dead, 30 Injured In Overturned California Tour Bus

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A Los Angeles tour bus traveling to Pasco, Washington, was about 100 miles from the border of Oregon when it wandered off a highway and overturned on Interstate 5. The incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 23, causing the death of one person and the injury of 30 people.

The person who died was identified as a 33-year-old California man. The injured were transported to hospitals. At least three critically injured patients, one of which was airlifted, were taken to Mount Shasta-based Mercy Medical Center. A majority of the injured were transported to Redding-based Mercy Medical Center where three people were suffering serious injuries. Those with minor injuries were treated and discharged, and the Red Cross and Salvation Army were working with the hospitals to help discharged patients.

The 1996 Vanhool tour bus was being driven by a 67-year-old California man. About 50 miles south of the crash site in Red Bluff, the bus hit a Denny's Restaurant earlier in the day. The amount of damage that the initial collision caused to the tour bus was not clear, but no one was injured. Investigators say that driver fatigue might be factors in both incidents, but authorities did not indicate whether alcohol or drugs were possible factors. It is not known whether the driver will be charged.

The loved ones of people who die in traffic accidents might file wrongful death claims against the parties at fault. When an employee causes a crash because of fatigue, both the employee and company could be sued for compensation. The survivors may talk to lawyers about their rights and how to file for restitution.

Source: Fox News, "California tour bus crash kills at least 1, injures dozens", November 24, 2014