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Tour bus crash: Authorities identify 6 who died

February 4, 2013 | 10:39 pm

Rescuers at tour bus crash that killed eight people
Authorities on Monday night had released the names of six of the seven victims who died when a tour bus crashed with two other vehicles on a mountain roadway in San Bernardino County.

Three of the fatalities were from San Diego and were identified as Guadalupe Olivas, 61; Elvira Garcia Jimenez, 40; and Victor Cabrera Garcia, 13; the San Bernardino County coroner's office said.

The other three who were killed were from Tijuana. They were identified as Aleida Adriana Arce Hernandez, 38; Rubicelia Escobedo Flores, 34; and Mario Garcia Santoyo, 32.

On Monday evening, federal safety officials said they would begin an exhaustive investigation Tuesday of the wreckage and all maintenance and other records related to the deadly crash.

Robert Accetta, the investigator in charge with the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters that the agency would work with the California Highway Patrol to reconstruct events that led to Sunday's crash.

"We need to do a thorough examination of the vehicle, and that will start tomorrow," Accetta said.

The tour bus left Tijuana early Sunday with 38 passengers, including children, and was returning from the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake when the driver lost control on the sweeping, downhill bends on California 38 near the bottom of the San Bernardino Mountains.

The bus clipped a small Saturn sedan before it veered into oncoming traffic and began to roll, tossing out passengers who weren’t wearing seat belts, and then crushed an oncoming Ford pickup.


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Photo: Rescuers at the crash site on Monday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times