Tour bus crash with semi leaves 13 dead, 31 injured

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol says at least 13 people are dead after a tour bus and a semi crashed on a freeway near Palm Springs.

The Desert Sun newspaper says at least 31 bus passengers have been taken to hospitals. The crash happened early today on Interstate 10 in Desert Hot Springs.

Authorities say the driver of a tour bus that crashed into the back of a semi-truck was one of the owners of the company.

California Highway Patrol Officer Stephanie Hamilton told the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs that the driver was an owner of USA Holiday, based near Los Angeles. Authorities say the bus may have been coming from a casino.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says the company has one vehicle and one driver. Records show it had no crashes and one inspection in the two years before Oct. 22 and had a satisfactory safety rating.

A phone message left for the company wasn’t immediately returned. A Facebook message from USA Holiday said it didn’t have much information about the crash.

The company posts on social media about trips leaving the Los Angeles area to casinos around the Coachella Valley and Las Vegas.