Spilled cargo causes bus crash that kills 4

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) — A tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes, triggering a bus crash that killed four people and seriously injured several others on Interstate 10 in Southern California near the Arizona line.

The crash occurred around 2:15 Wednesday morning just west of Blythe. Caltrans says the eastbound truck jackknifed onto the median and spilled its cargo into all lanes in both directions.

The westbound bus either swerved to avoid the pipes or struck them and overturned, sliding across the shoulder and 50 feet down a slight embankment.

The bus, with 32 confirmed passengers, was traveling from El Paso to Los Angeles.

Four vehicles in the eastbound lanes also crashed.

The four fatalities were aboard the bus.

Caltrans says all lanes of the interstate will remain closed until at least Wednesday afternoon.

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