Some 25 people ended up in the hospital after a serious crash that caused havoc on the 405 Freeway in San Fernando, according to local sources. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the accident, which caused serious delays on the major California roadway. The cause of the bus accident is still being evaluated by authorities, and no charges have yet been filed.
According to the limited details provided in the accident report, around 1 p.m. the afternoon of Oct. 14, a bus carrying an indeterminate number of people from a church event in Inglewood crashed into a concrete divider. This caused the bus to enter southbound lanes, which were closed for the duration of the police and fire department operations. Some 44 people were evaluated on-site by arriving medical personnel.
Of those, 25 people were taken to local hospitals, with five people being considered in serious condition at the time of their arrival. Police interviewed witnesses at the scene, but there were conflicting stories about what driver was responsible for the crash. Some witnesses indicated other vehicles may have been involved, so the investigation is still underway at this time.
A serious bus accident can be enormously tragic, and it is fortunate that no one was killed in this crash. However, several people were badly hurt, which means California authorities will continue to investigate to determine whether criminal charges can or should be filed against one or more drivers, including the bus driver. Additionally, all injured parties are entitled under state law to file personal injury lawsuits in civil court, against any driver deemed to have contributed materially to the crash, and possibly against the bus company and owners of other vehicles as well.