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13 Killed, 31 Injured After Tour Bus Crashes Into Big Rig In The Desert

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A tour bus collided with a big rig near Palm Springs Sunday morning, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others.

According to the Desert Sun, the crash, which occurred on the westbound side of Interstate 10, was reported at around 5 a.m. The bus slammed into the back of the big rig, completely crushing the front of the bus.

One woman who was driving on I-10 around 5 a.m. told the Desert Sun, "The whole front of the bus up to about the second or third row of seats was completely crushed into the left rear side of the semi truck."

Firefighters struggled to reach the victims inside, and used chainsaws to break into the bus, and used ladders to pull out passengers. According to the L.A. Times, three separate area hospitals have been "flooded" with crash victims, five of whom are in critical condition.

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The crash prompted the closure of westbound lanes of I-10 west of Indian Canyon Road, and traffic is being diverted to other local roads.

The L.A. Times reports that the passengers on the bus, operated by the Alhambra-based company USA Holiday, may have been returning from a trip to the Red Earth Casino, near the Salton Sea.

As of 11:40 a.m., the tour bus had been taken away from the scene.

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