Published October 23, 2016
PALM SPRINGS — A bus full of casino patrons crashed into the back of a semi-truck early Sunday after leaving the Red Earth Casino, owned by the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. The accident left 13 dead, including the bus driver, and 31 injured.
The accident occurred at 5:17 a.m. – PDT as the bus made its way to Los Angeles where it originated Saturday evening. From reports, the bus was behind the semi-truck at a higher rate of speed and rammed into the back of the truck. The accident happened 7 miles from the casino.
The tour bus took patrons to the Red Earth Casino to gamble and was expected to arrive back in Los Angeles early Sunday morning.
The bus was operated by USA Holiday. It is not known if drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board.