MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — At least five people have died and multiple people have been injured in a tour bus crash on Highway 99 in California Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. on Hwy 99 between the cities of Atwater and Livingston, according to CHP officials.
The driver has been identified as Mario David Vasquez, 57, of Los Angeles, who is licensed to operate a bus.
The bus was on its way to Pasco, Washington from Mexico. It stopped in Los Angeles Monday night and crashed three miles away from its next stop in Livingston.
Five people have been airlifted to hospitals. It is unclear how many others were injured but CHP says “the majority” of the passengers have been hospitalized.
The bus had about 30 passengers aboard and was traveling from Southern California to Sacramento.
It appears that the unmarked white bus crashed into the pole of a highway exit sign causing it to tear through the middle of the vehicle. Emergency workers climbed in through the windows.
This story was originally published by News 4 sister station KRON, a Media General contributing station.