At slightest 5 people were killed and countless people severely harmed when a aroused pile-up tore a charter bus down a center early Tuesday on Highway 99 in Merced County, the California Highway Patrol said.
The northbound bus struck a support stick for a pointer imprinting a Hammatt Avenue exit nearby a city of Livingston, CHP Officer Moises Onsurez told The Times. The pile-up occurred about 3:35 a.m., authorities said.
The stick separate a white, unmarked train down a middle, ripping by it as it kept relocating brazen after impact, Onsurez said. Video footage from a Merced Sun-Star showed firefighters climbing by windows in a early morning darkness, and a road lined with ambulances.
“This collision is a inauspicious event,” Onsurez said.
About 30 passengers were aboard a vehicle, and some suffered vital injuries, Onsurez said. About 5 people were flown to hospitals.
Authorities have identified a train motorist as 57-year-old Mario David Vasquez from Los Angeles, Onsurez said. Vasquez “sustained vital injuries” and was hospitalized Tuesday morning, he said.
The train originated in Mexico and had stopped in Los Angeles on Monday night, Onsurez said. It done a stop in Livingston and was headed to Washington, Onsurez said.
The train is purebred to Autobuses Coordinados USA, Inc., according to a California Department of Motor Vehicles. The association has an bureau in East Los Angeles. Phone calls by a Times were not answered.
The 1998 car weighs 16,000 pounds when empty, and a registration was current by Aug 31, the DMV said.
As of 7:50 a.m., all survivors had been private from a vehicle, though a defunct remained aboard, Onsurez said. Some of a survivors were taken to a CHP’s Merced station.
The means of a pile-up stays underneath investigation, he said.
Northbound Highway 99 is sealed in a area and southbound lanes were being sealed intermittently, authorities said.
9:45 a.m.: This essay was updated with a association to that a train is registered.
8:10 a.m.: This essay was updated with information from CHP Officer Moises Onsurez.
7:08 a.m.: This essay was updated with additional information from a California Highway Patrol.
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