16 hurt in bus crash near Yosemite Park

2013-04-14 19:10

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Fresno - The California highway patrol (CHP) says a tour bus carrying visitors from Yosemite National Park was travelling at what was an "unsafe speed" when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed on a mountain road, leaving 16 people injured.

CHP officer Scott Jobinger says the bus was about about 9km outside the south entrance of the park when the bus went off Highway 41, a winding mountain road, and hit a tree.

Fifteen passengers on the bus and a tour guide suffered minor to moderate injuries. They were taken to local hospitals.

Investigators have not determined the exact speed of the bus at the time of the crash, but Jobinger says the highway has sharp curves where the speed limits drop to 55km/h.

The bus driver was the only person on the bus who was not hurt. He has not been arrested, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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