California: Tour bus collides with lorry, 13 killed

At least 13 people have been killed in southern California after a tour bus collided with a lorry, media reports say. Pictures show the mangled bus front rammed into the back of the lorry. Some 30 passengers were taken to hospital.

The crash happened on Interstate 10 close to the resort town of Palm Springs on Sunday morning. It is not yet known why the two vehicles collided. The bus was bound for Los Angeles.

Rescuers used ladders to climb into the bus windows to remove bodies. Five of the injured passengers are in critical condition. The west-bound lanes of the interstate were closed near the crash site.

According to the Desert Sun newspaper, the tour bus, run by US Holiday, was coming from Red Earth Casino, near Salton City in California.

The small Los Angeles-based company, runs trips to casinos in California and Las Vegas. The driver of the bus was one of the owners of the tour company.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show the company had one vehicle and one driver. According to the data the company held a satisfactory safety rating and had not been in a crash for two years.

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