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May 20, 1990 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Passengers on a charter bus that crashed in the eastern Sierra Nevada said Saturday that the bus had broken down several times before it tumbled off a narrow mountain highway, killing one and injuring 46. "I think they should have sent a new bus," said passenger Hector Lopez, a businessman from Puerto Rico vacationing with his wife. "I am not a mechanic, but we should not have been on that bus."
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May 21, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
The driver of a runaway bus packed with European tourists did his best to avoid a mountain highway accident in an incident that killed a tourist and injured 46 others, officials said. "He told me he was in third (gear)," said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ray Dixon. "After the brakes were failing and he could smell them burning, he came out of third to downshift, and he couldn't get into second." The bus continued to pick up speed while driver Juan Garcia Jr.
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May 21, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
The driver of a runaway bus packed with European tourists did his best to avoid a mountain highway accident in an incident that killed a tourist and injured 46 others, officials said. "He told me he was in third (gear)," said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ray Dixon. "After the brakes were failing and he could smell them burning, he came out of third to downshift, and he couldn't get into second." The bus continued to pick up speed while driver Juan Garcia Jr.
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May 20, 1990 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Passengers on a charter bus that crashed in the eastern Sierra Nevada said Saturday that the bus had broken down several times before it tumbled off a narrow mountain highway, killing one and injuring 46. "I think they should have sent a new bus," said passenger Hector Lopez, a businessman from Puerto Rico vacationing with his wife. "I am not a mechanic, but we should not have been on that bus."
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