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Nearly two dozen injured in tour bus crash in Rosemead

Twenty-three people were injured, at least one of them critically, when a tour bus and two vehicles collided Thursday in suburban Rosemead, east of Los Angeles, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 10 a.m. in the 3000 block of North San Gabriel Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Frederic Stowers.

"We do not know yet how the accident occurred," Stowers said. "All we know is that a bus and two other vehicles collided."

Stowers said the driver of the bus was "in critical condition" and had been taken to a trauma center along with two others. Seven other people sustained minor injuries, while the remaining 13 patients were treated at the scene and released, Stowers said.

Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Temple City Station were also involved in investigating the accident, said Sgt. Richard Marascola, a spokesman for the agency.

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: L.A. County sheriff's investigators inspect a car after it collided with a tour bus in Rosemead. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

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So much for that trip to the casino...


I know that in California school bus drivers have to be certified by the CHP. Is there less certification for tour bus drivers? Seems like every time I hear about a serious bus accident anywhere, it envolves a tour bus.

i second robert's concern. anywhere around the world, whenever it's a bus with a serious accident, invariably that bus is a tour bus. i would never take one to travel which is a shame since they look so fun.

Why is a tour bus in Rosemead? There's nothing to see there, unless they were on the way to South El Monte or Puente Heights which are known tourist attractions.
Obviously operated by a deeply discounted tour company.

Tour buses operate long distance, almost 7 days a week, go to multiple destinations, and drive millions of miles more than school buses. School bus drivers have the additional certification, but honestly the only reason you don't hear about many school bus accidents is because the itinerary is the same almost daily, the driving is mostly during non traffic hours, and last but definitely, not least, EVERYONE on the road stays away from the school bus. Not so with trucks or tour buses.
Don't assume without having all the facts.

why am i not surprised....cause it's freakn rosemead!

@Rosemead? Really? Not everybody visits or tours L.A. to only go to Rodeo Drive or Hollywood.

Rosemead itself may not exactly on be on the top of the tour list, but apparently you're unaware that some of the best Chinese Restaurants anywhere, especially on the west coast, are located in nearby Monterey Park. And what about the San Gabriel Mission, part of California's early settlement history.

Don't forget the housetop manse of convicted murderer Phil Specter is also right nearby there ... AND Rosemead is along a major throughway to and from the famously rich San Marino/Pasadena areas which are home to a few celebrities and mainly are also full of craftsman homes & other architecturally significant buildings including by several of the world/California's highly regarded architects: Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene & Greene, the modernist Neutra among others. Not to mention the world famous Huntington Library & Gardens, or the Wrigley Mansion, the Gamble House, Norton Simon Museum and even Cal Tech where some of the world's brainiest brains hold forth. I hear there are a few nice restaurants and fun things to do in quaint lil' ole Pasadena these days, too.

And if heading southward, one can hop on the 10 freeway and head East a few hours out to Palm Springs, or tack further north to Vegas or maybe even venture forth to the Westside (out in your direction?). Heck, they could maybe even veer on down to the Orange Curtain.

So yeah, Rosemead is surrounded by a few gems, really.


PS: I hope all the passengers/driver/those involved are going to be OKAY.

So El Monte is far from being a tourist destination. Perhaps the bus had picked up passengers in Rosemead and was headed to either the 210, 10 or 60 freeway.

Probably their city council members taking a busload of Hong Kong developers around to see where they can pillage and plunder and put up their 6-story mixed use projects.


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