8 killed in California tour bus crash

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YUCAIPA, Calif. -- A tour bus crashed with a pickup truck on a rural mountain highway in Southern California last night, killing eight people, authorities said.

The 6:30 p.m. collision involved the tour bus, a pickup truck pulling a trailer and a sedan, said California Highway Patrol Officer Mario Lopez. He confirmed late yesterday that eight people died and many more were injured on a mountainous stretch of two-lane Highway 38 near the town of Forest Falls, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said 27 people were treated at the scene. He said injuries varied from minor to life-threatening.

People were being extricated from the bus more than an hour after the crash and rescuers were still searching the wreckage for victims hours later. Television footage showed the bus sitting upright but turned sideways on the road.

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Sherwin did not know where the bus was headed or how the truck was involved. Highway 38 leads to Big Bear, home to a ski resort and other recreational locations.

The California crash comes less than a day after a bus carrying 42 high school students and their chaperones slammed into an overpass in Boston, injuring 35 people. -- AP

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