About 20 people were injured in a California bus accident Sunday traveling from the San Bernardino Mountains to Downey, CA, according to The Press Enterprise.
The bus was transporting people from a church retreat in the mountains. It was about 2:11 p.m. on Highway 330 when the California bus accident occurred. The bus had 22 passengers on board and was traveling southbound. This bus was part of a caravan of buses that was transporting more than 200 women who were members of the church Iglesia De Cristo Ministerios Llamada Final. The women were on an annual retreat in the mountains, the news article stated.
American Medical Response ambulances were lined up to transport people from the crash to the hospital after assessment and treatment at a makeshift triage center at the scene of the accident. Although approximately six people had major injuries, they were not life-threatening. First responders said they smelled overheated brakes on the scene, but the cause of the accident is still not known.
The bus accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team. The bus belonged to the church and was used twice a week.
The San Bernadino Sun said that one woman was released Sunday evening. The rest of the women are expected to be released by Monday evening.
The risk of injury increases significantly in a bus crash because people don’t have the traditional protections, such as seatbelts and airbags.
The people at the church heard about the crash after their Sunday mass. Some people from the church, including the assistant to the senior pastor, gathered Sunday evening to gather more information from authorities. The assistant to the senior pastor said to his knowledge the bus was in good condition. He said learning of the accident was “unnerving,” but he had hope that everyone would be well.