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    6 dead, many hurt in Calif Greyhound bus crash

    FRESNO, Calif. A Greyhound bus carrying 47 people and traveling to Sacramento from Los Angeles crashed on a highway in California's Central Valley on Thursday, killing six and injuring many others.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100722/...alif_bus_crash

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    This happened about a mile from our house. I feel terrible.
    I will watch the local news and let you know if there is more info.

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    Six dead, dozens injured in Fresno bus accident



    A Greyhound bus and several cars were involved in an overnight accident on Highway 99 near McKinley in central Fresno. Six people were killed and several others injured. The northbound lanes of Highway 99 were closed for several hours Thursday morning, all lanes are now open.


    The bus was traveling north on Highway 99 in Fresno came across a Chevy Trailblazer that was already overturned on the highway. The bus crashed into the Trailblazer, then swerved onto the embankment, hit a Honda CRV before crashing into a large eucalyptus tree.

    As a result of the crash 6 people died including the bus driver. Another man and four women are among the dead. Nine others suffered injuries and 24 others suffered minor injuries. The critically injured were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno.

    The victims have been identified as bus driver James Jewett of Sacramento, Ephifania Solis of Madara, Tomas Ponce, Stephanie Cordoba of Fresno, Vanessa Gonzalez of Fresno, and Sylvia Garay of Fresno.

    According to Greyhound, there were a total of 47 passengers on bus.

    Survivors described a chaotic scene.

    more and video at http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?se...cal&id=7570163
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    So terribly sad ~ but it also appears not to be the fault of the bus driver, as I can only imagine suddenly coming upon an overturned, dark colored SUV blocking the highway in total darkness and nowhere for the bus to go to avoid hitting it and losing control. Thankfully there were survivors who were able to board other busses later on today, and my prayers for Mr. Jewett's family and the families of those killed or injured on the bus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomom View Post
    This happened about a mile from our house. I feel terrible.
    I will watch the local news and let you know if there is more info.
    How scary that must have been! I hope the investigators can find out what caused the SUV to lose control and flip over which seems to have caused the bus accident.
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    Post 6 killed, 20 injured in Greyhound bus crash in Fresno

    By Diana Marcum July 23, 2010
    After an SUV overturns on California 99, killing three women, the bus hits it in the darkness and clips another SUV. The bus driver and two riders die as the bus goes down an embankment, hits a tree.


    A crash involving a Greyhound bus en route from Los Angeles to Sacramento killed six people and injured 20 others, according to the California Highway Patrol.
    The deadly sequence of events began shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday as three young women in a dark-blue Chevrolet Trailblazer were traveling north on California Highway 99 in Fresno.The Trailblazer made a sharp left turn from the right-hand lane, struck the median rail, rolled over and blocked the fast lane, said CHP Central Division Chief Jim Abrames.
    All three women Stephenie Cordoba, 20, and Vanessa Gonzalez, 19, both of Fresno, and Sylvia Lopez Garay, 18, of Dinuba, Calif. were killed.
    About the same time, a Greyhound bus had left the Fresno bus station and headed up California 99. Authorities suspect that the driver could not see the dark, overturned Trailblazer, which probably didn't have its lights on.
    The bus, carrying 36 people, hit the Trailblazer, careened to the east and clipped a Honda CR-V, authorities said.
    All three vehicles went off the highway and down a 15-foot embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol. The bus crashed into a eucalyptus tree, knocking the tree over and leaving limbs sticking from gaping holes in the bus.
    "I had just woke up and I heard a boom once, and a boom again and the next thing I know we were down this embankment," Linda Gee, a passenger on the bus, told KMPH-TV in Fresno.
    The crash pushed the front end of the bus into the driver's seat, killing James Jewett, 57, of Sacramento, a Greyhound driver for 32 years with a clean record. Two of the bus passengers, Epifania Solis, 60, of Madera, Calif., and Tomas Ponce, 79, of Winton, Calif., also died. The driver of the CR-V was injured.
    The collision broke the bus into pieces and left twisted metal and bloody clothes strewn around the ground. By Thursday afternoon, authorities were dismantling and cleaning up the pieces of the bus and vehicles. more at link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,4612775.story
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    Prayers for the families of those lost in this accident. Poor driver probably did all he could to save his passengers, it was just too much and he lost his life as well.

    Rest in peace: Stephenie Cordoba, Vanessa Gonzalez, Sylvia Lopez Garay, James Jewett, Epifania Solis, & Tomas Ponce.

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    This is just so sad ~

    Crash victim was en route to see Merced family

    A 79-year-old great-grandfather traveling from Mexico to visit family in Merced was among those killed Thursday in the Highway 99 crash involving a passenger bus and two vehicles.
    The grandfather, Tomas Ponce, died from heart complications, said his granddaughter Yuridia Hampton.

    Ponce's wife, Sinforosa Arreola, 77, was critically injured in the accident, with fractures in both arms, both legs and broken ribs, family members said. Arreola had surgery late Thursday to remove blood that had collected in her lungs.

    Also on the bus was Hampton's great-uncle, Adolfo Ponce, who broke a leg and wrist, she said.

    He underwent surgery for his injuries Thursday night.

    Community Regional Medical Center trauma surgeon Dr. John Bilello said Tomas Ponce died "despite our best efforts" to save him.

    Hampton said Tomas Ponce grew up in Mexico, where he grew corn on land he owned.
    He was the father of five girls and three boys. Four of them live in Mexico and four in the United States. He had 27 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    During summers, Ponce and Arreola often traveled by bus to Merced and would stay with family in nearby Winton for about four months.

    "They don't like to fly; they always thought the bus was safer," said one of the Ponce's grandchildren, Vannesa Bustillos, as she sat in the emergency room lobby at Community Regional Medical Center. "They were too scared to fly because of all the accidents."

    Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/07/22/...#ixzz0uYWSJrmm

    May he rest in peace and my prayers for his wife
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    Post CHP: SUV Driver In Fatal Fresno Bus Crash Under Influence

    Posted: 4:43 pm PDT July 26, 2010Updated: 4:45 pm PDT July 26, 2010
    FRESNO, Calif. -- The California Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old woman driving an SUV that collided with a Greyhound bus on a Fresno-area highway was under the influence of alcohol. The bus crashed early Thursday after the Chevy Trailblazer overturned in front of it on Highway 99. A total of six people died, and nearly two dozen bus passengers were injured. Authorities initially said that 19-year-old Vanessa Gonzalez of Fresno was behind the wheel of the SUV. The CHP said Monday Sylvia Lopez Garay of Dinuba was driving and had a blood alcohol level above the legal driving limit. Twenty-year-old Stephanie Cordoba of Fresno also was killed in the wreck. Friends and relatives said the three women had come from a dance party in Fresno's Tower District.
    http://www.ktvu.com/news/24400976/detail.html
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    How awful! Many moons ago I rode a Greyhound through there. VERY sad!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by LinasK View Post
    Posted: 4:43 pm PDT July 26, 2010Updated: 4:45 pm PDT July 26, 2010
    FRESNO, Calif. -- The California Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old woman driving an SUV that collided with a Greyhound bus on a Fresno-area highway was under the influence of alcohol. The bus crashed early Thursday after the Chevy Trailblazer overturned in front of it on Highway 99. A total of six people died, and nearly two dozen bus passengers were injured. Authorities initially said that 19-year-old Vanessa Gonzalez of Fresno was behind the wheel of the SUV. The CHP said Monday Sylvia Lopez Garay of Dinuba was driving and had a blood alcohol level above the legal driving limit. Twenty-year-old Stephanie Cordoba of Fresno also was killed in the wreck. Friends and relatives said the three women had come from a dance party in Fresno's Tower District.
    http://www.ktvu.com/news/24400976/detail.html
    wow - that's the first I heard about booze actually being involved. I was betting there wouldn't be any alcohol because they were all under age. The place they were having the "girl's nite out" is about 2 blocks from my house and they card EVERYBODY. There is a dance club called "The Starline", and right next to it is a nice italian-ish restaurant called "The Starline Bar and Grill. I heard they were at the restaurant where I'm sure they wouldn't have been served alcohol. The dance place doesn't even have a liquer license - strictly music and dancing. Wonder where they got the booze from???? JMO JMO JMO

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    Unhappy

    I figured it was probably something like that, because apparently she suddenly veered from the far right side of the freeway across all four lanes to the left lane!
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomom View Post
    wow - that's the first I heard about booze actually being involved. I was betting there wouldn't be any alcohol because they were all under age. The place they were having the "girl's nite out" is about 2 blocks from my house and they card EVERYBODY. There is a dance club called "The Starline", and right next to it is a nice italian-ish restaurant called "The Starline Bar and Grill. I heard they were at the restaurant where I'm sure they wouldn't have been served alcohol. The dance place doesn't even have a liquer license - strictly music and dancing. Wonder where they got the booze from???? JMO JMO JMO
    Unfortunately just because someone is underage doesn't mean this someone isn't going to be drunk. No doubt police is going to investigate as to where the alcohol was gotten from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LinasK View Post
    I figured it was probably something like that, because apparently she suddenly veered from the far right side of the freeway across all four lanes to the left lane!
    I'm not surprised either. Also the timing ~ just after bars close in CA, I had a feeling there was alcohol involved even though they're all underage.

    So sad for all aboard the Greyhound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    Unfortunately just because someone is underage doesn't mean this someone isn't going to be drunk. No doubt police is going to investigate as to where the alcohol was gotten from.
    Oh I am sure this will be investigated as they can be held liable, at least in a civil lawsuit. MOO
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