(PRWEB) February 22, 2011
A mid morning bus crash in San Bernardino on Highway 189 has critically injured ten people and killed one person.
One person, the bus driver, has been confirmed dead and ten other people have been listed in critical condition following a church bus crash in the San Bernardino Mountains. Pasadena Church Bus Accident Attorney, Michael Ehline, Says the San Bernardino Bus Crash May Have Been Avoidable altogether.
According to the California Highway Patrol the crash occurred at approximately 11:50 a.m. Monday on Highway 189, north of Lake Gregory Road. The bus collided head-on with a Nissan Murano, which belongs to the San Bernardino Fire Department. Witnesses report that the driver of the bus lost control on a winding mountain road in San Bernardino, California, striking the truck around a corner.
The bus slid off of the road down a small embankment approximately 20 feet, slamming into a 50 foot cedar and knocking down a power pole, according to the California Highway Patrol. The bus came to rest at a 45 degree angle.
Emergency crews had to use special tools to extract some of the passengers on the bus from Light of Love Mission Church, located at 2801 Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. Multiple ambulances were on the scene of the accident and a triage was setup by firefighters. According to reports there were thirteen people that sustained mild to moderate injuries, plus the ten people that were listed in serious or critical condition.
According to Deacon John Cho the driver of the bus was a professional that volunteered to make the trip to the weekend retreat. Deacon Steven Lee stated the passengers on the bus were middle and high school students that were returning from the church retreat in the San Bernardino mountains.
The injured victims were transported Loma Linda Medical Center and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Six of the injured bus passengers were taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Three were in critical condition and two in surgery at the time of this story. Six other victims of the crash were delivered to Community Hospital of San Bernardino. The remaining ten were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, according to fire officials.
Based upon the known facts, this crash was avoidable. It appears the driver of the bus may have been driving too fast. This is one of the most common ways to be injured in this type of winding road collision. However, it could also have been a bus design defect, that caused the brakes to fail, or the suspension to fail, for example. Others speculate the church could be at fault for negligently employing an undertrained bus driver. But assuming the initial reports are right, this was simply a case of driver error and may have been avoidable.
Bus crashes are not uncommon on the roadways of California and the San Bernardino to Pasadena, are keeping the injured victims of this tragedy in their thoughts and send their condolences to the victim’s family that was fatally injured. Michael Ehline is a former U.S. Marine and he has helped victims of community bus, taxi and limousine accidents, and is recognized as a highly experienced casino tour bus accident lawyers], recovering millions for victims of personal injuries and wrongful death bus accidents. If you were seriously injured in a San Bernardino bus crash, and you need to speak to a personal injury lawyer, contact us at 633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213.596.9642.