PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A tour bus that crashed into a freight truck on Sunday in Palm Springs, California, resulted in 13 fatalities and 31 injuries, California Highway Patrol Chief Jim Abele said a press conference.
The driver of the bus was among those killed. The accident’s cause has not yet been determined.
The wreck happened at 5:17 a.m. local time on westbound Interstate 10, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs reported receiving 14 patients early Sunday. Five were in critical condition while 3 were in serious condition, the hospital said.
Early videos from the scene shows dozens of firefighters with ladders inside the mangled remains of the tour bus, struggling to reach the victims.
The California Highway Patrol said the highway will be closed for several hours.