1 dead in crash of bus car­ry­ing Chi­nese pupils

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By JUNE CHANG in San Fran­cisco junechang@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

A young girl died and 11 other peo­ple were in­jured when a char­ter bus car­ry­ing Chi­nese stu­dents from a trip to Yosemite Na­tional Park slammed into a tree on Satur­day.

Among the 22 pas­sen­gers, 17 were Chi­nese stu­dents ages 12 to 15, with four chap­er­ones and the driver. Six chil­dren and the driver were among the in­jured.

The Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in San Fran­cisco re­sponded to the ac­ci­dent im­me­di­ately by send­ing a task force on Sun­day morn­ing, headed by Deng Fan­hua, deputy con­sul-gen­eral.

“We’ll do what­ever we can to of­fer con­sular as­sis­tance to the Chi­nese cit­i­zens (in the ac­ci­dent),” said Luo Lin­quan, con­sul gen­eral in San Fran­cisco.

The iden­tity of the girl killed was not re­leased by the con­sulate.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on High­way 41 and Road 630, north of Oakhurst and south of Fish Camp, in east cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The in­jured were taken by three he­li­copters and nine am­bu­lances to Com­mu­nity Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in down­town Fresno and Val­ley Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Madera County.

Among the five ad­mit­ted to Com­mu­nity Re­gional, two were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and three were in sta­ble con­di­tion as of Satur­day evening, hospi­tal spokes­woman Mary Lisa Russell said.

Val­ley Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal spokes­woman Zara Ar­boleda con­firmed that seven pa­tients had been ad­mit­ted but would not pro­vide con­di­tion re­ports.

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol (CHP) said on Sun­day morn­ing that four

We’ll do what­ever we can to of­fer con­sular as­sis­tance to the Chi­nese cit­i­zens (in the ac­ci­dent).” Luo Lin­quan, Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in San Fran­cisco 17 Num­ber of Chi­nese stu­dents ages 12 to 15 on the char­ter bus that made trip to Yosemite Park

pas­sen­gers had ma­jor in­juries and six pas­sen­gers had mod­er­ate to mi­nor in­juries. The 53-year-old driver from the Bay Area suf­fered mod­er­ate in­juries.

The cause of the ac­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The bus was equipped with seat­belts, the CHP said, and the pas­sen­ger who was killed had her seat­belt on. The CHP said the bus was head­ing down the moun­tain to­ward Oakhurst at 35-40 mph.

When the driver en­tered a curve north of Lewis Creek around 5:30 pm PT, he was trav­el­ing too fast and drifted off the west side em­bank­ment, ac­cord­ing to the CHP.

The right side of the bus then hit a large tree and came to rest on its wheels in the south­bound lane.

Ac­cord­ing to the AP, the 33-pas­sen­ger char­tered bus is owned by Top Line Char­ter of Mon­terey Park in the Los Angeles area.

High­way 41 was closed at the crash site, which is just south of Sugar Pine. The high­way re­opened at 9:34 pm, the CHP said.

COUR­TESY OF THE FRESNO BEE

Work­ers get ready to tow a tour bus from where it crashed on High­way 41 north of Oakhurst, Cal­i­for­nia, on Satur­day.

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