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2 dead in inmate bus collision in Gorman

November 23, 2010 |  3:32 pm
Fire Truck Collides With Van on Highway 138 Near Gorman

A bus carrying California fire crew inmates collided head-on Tuesday with another vehicle on Highway 138 in Gorman, sending prisoners flying from the vehicles and killing two, authorities said.

The 2:18 p.m. crash involved a state fire vehicle and another car on the road just east of the 5 Freeway, said Officer Vince Ramirez of the California Highway Patrol.

“Apparently, the fire truck rolled over and people were ejected," he said.

Ramirez said an extensive investigation team is responding.

None of the inmates escaped after the collision, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Highway 138 is closed in both directions -- westbound at Highway 14 and eastbound at Interstate 5 and Gorman Post Road.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: KTLA News