A travel bus bound for Pasco crashed Sunday morning in northern California about 85 miles south of Oregon, killing a 33-year-old California man and sending dozens of others to nearby hospitals.
The bus was operated by Othello-based Yellow Arrow Lines.
Thirty passengers were taken to hospitals in Redding, Calif., or Mount Shasta, Calif., to be treated for injuries.
It was unclear whether anyone aboard the bus was a Mid-Columbia resident. Messages could not be left with Yellow Arrow Lines’ Othello office and phone calls were not answered.
The bus was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 outside Pollard Flat, Calif., when it drifted off the right shoulder and into an embankment. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash, according to CHP officer Jeff Borgen, who issued a release Sunday evening. It was unknown if the driver, 67-year-old Jose Victor Garcilazo Palencia, of Los Angeles, was injured. He was not cited.
The 33-year-old man killed in the crash was from Parlier, Calif., but his name was not released. A California Highway Patrol dispatcher said two other victims were airlifted to medical facilities.
The bus accident victims were being provided care and shelter by the American Red Cross and the Office of Emergency Services for Siskiyou County and Shasta County.
The crash occurred about 7:40 a.m. and drew a response from multiple law enforcement agencies and a helicopter, according to the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper. The bus had been driving from Los Angeles to Pasco.
Photos from the scene showed the bus upside down and on the side of a rural two-lane road. Blood was visible on the roadway.
The bus had been involved in another accident earlier Sunday when it struck a Denny’s restaurant in Red Bluffs, Calif. No injuries resulted from that incident.