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At least 7 die as N. Calif. bus flips

October 06, 2008|Tami Abdollah | Times Staff Writer

At least seven people died and 38 were injured when a charter bus overturned near the Northern California town of Williams on Sunday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

CHP Sgt. Patrick Landreth said the accident was reported at 6:18 p.m. about six miles east of Interstate 5. The bus was traveling north from Sacramento on Lone Star Road in Colusa County, headed to Colusa Casino Resort.

About 60 miles into the drive, the bus "veered off the road, the driver lost control . . . spun out, rolled completely over and ended up on its wheels in a ditch," Landreth said.

Several passengers were thrown from or tossed around inside the bus while it rolled, Landreth said.

At least 37 passengers, as well as the driver, were taken to hospitals throughout the region, including Enloe Medical Center, Colusa Regional Medical Center, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, UC Davis Medical Center and Woodland Memorial Hospital, by medevac helicopters and other means.

Landreth did not have any more information on the driver. He said at least 46 people were believed to be on the bus.

Enloe Medical Center received six patients, four in critical condition and two in serious condition, and was expecting four more.

No other vehicles were involved, Landreth said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, he said.

Though the bus had "Greyhound" marked on its side, a Greyhound official said it was no longer operated by the company and had been sold more than two years ago.


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