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Tour bus overturns in California, leaving 1 dead and 30 injured

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California Highway Patrol said a tour bus that was already involved in a minor accident earlier in the day left the road and flipped over on Nov. 23, killing one passenger and hurting 30 others. The second crash happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border.

After rolling over, the 1996 Vanhool bus came to a rest on its roof. One passenger, a 33-year-old Parlier man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Approximately two dozen other passengers were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Three were critically injured, three were seriously hurt and the rest suffered minor injuries.

According to authorities, the bus, which is owned by Yellow Arrow LLC in Othello, Washington, also hit a Denny's restaurant in Red Bluff earlier in the day. No one was hurt in that accident.

The bus was driven by a 67-year-old Los Angeles man, and investigators believe driver fatigue may have played a role in both crashes. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved. No charges or citations have yet been filed.

A commercial bus driver can be responsible for dozens of lives each time he or she gets behind the wheel. Bus accidents can occur when a driver fails to follow all road safety rules and acts in a negligent manner, such as choosing to drive while fatigued. With the help of an attorney, the surviving family members of someone killed in a bus accident may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and the company that employed the driver. A successful lawsuit could result in financial compensation that covers medical expenses, burial costs, lost wages and other damages.

Source: Fox News, "California tour bus crash kills at least 1, injures dozens", November 24, 2014

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