Twenty-five people have been taken to hospitals following a series of crashes involving at least two cars and a bus that crashed through a concrete divider on a Los Angeles highway.
Five patients were in serious condition following the collisions shortly after 1pm that shut down all lanes on Interstate 405 in the city’s San Fernando Valley area, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
The 20 others were in fair condition with minor injuries. A total of 40 people were evaluated at the scene, she said.
Authorities say 25 people were transported to hospitals with mostly minor injuries following a crash on a Los Angeles highway involving a bus and several cars
A bus slammed into a concrete divider after colliding with other vehicles leaving a mess all over the road
Five patients were in serious condition following the collisions Sunday afternoon on Interstate 405
Firecrews are seen by the side of the road as they deal with the carnage on the busy Los Angeles freeway
Most of the wreckage was in southbound lanes. At least one crashed vehicle was on the northbound side before being cleared
It was difficult for paramedics to reach the scene because of multiple chain-reaction collisions.
It appeared as though the bus had turned sideways on the northbound side and then through the divider
The California Highway Patrol was investigating the cause of the pileup on the key north-south artery.
It wasn’t immediately known how many people were on the bus or where it was headed.
Television news footage showed a white charter bus marked ‘Transit Systems’ splayed sideways but upright across southbound lanes in the North Hills neighborhood.
Its skid marks indicated it had gone sideways on the northbound side and then through the divider.
Television news footage showed a white charter bus marked ‘Transit Systems’ splayed sideways but upright across southbound lanes in the North Hills neighborhood
Southbound lanes remained closed nearly two hours after the initial crash in LA’s San Fernando Valley area
It was complete chaos for hours after the accident and the road did not reopen for several hours
Most of the wreckage was in southbound lanes but at least one crashed vehicle was on the northbound side
The bus’s front end was crumpled, and emergency window exits were popped open. An SUV next to it had extensive front-end damage.
At least one crashed vehicle was in northbound lanes, which were reopened by about 2:30pm.
The southbound side remained closed hours later, backing up traffic for miles. Some motorists stuck in their cars walked off the freeway, apparently in search of toilets or drinks.
The patients in serious condition were three women, ages 49, 60 and 88, and two men, ages 30 and 69, Stewart said.
Nobody answered at a phone number listed for Los Angeles-based Transit Systems bus company.
It wasn’t immediately known how many people were on the bus or where it was headed
All of the highway’s lanes were closed, backing up traffic for miles on the key north-south artery that runs across Los Angeles
Fire department officials say the identities of the victims were not immediately available