Riverside County coroner's officials were still working Monday to identify those killed in a horrifying crash between a tour bus and a big rig truck near Palm Springs, a day after officials warned that identifying the victims would be a challenge. Thirteen people were killed and 31 others injured when the bus crashed into the truck at 5:17 a.m. The bus was headed west on the 10 Freeway on the way to Los Angeles, officials said. Federal and local investigators are probing the cause of the crash, the deadliest in California in several decades. Authorities said the crash occurred when the bus slammed into the back of the truck's trailer, crushing the front third of the cabin.
A woman was driving intoxicated and with four children not wearing seat belts inside the car when she lost control and smashed into a house in South L.A., killing a young passenger, police said. Erica Lynn Naranjo, 36, was released from the hospital and booked into county jail about 3:30 a.m. Monday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with the crash on East 93rd Street in Green Meadows, sheriff's department records show. Authorities said that Naranjo was southbound on McKinley Avenue swhen she lost control of her beige sedan and crashed into a home on the southeast corner of 93rd Street about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. Inside the car with Naranjo were a 7-year-old girl and three boys, ages 6 years, 4 years and 18 months, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said.
A hit-and-run driver caused an accident Monday evening that resulted in critical injuries to three pedestrians sitting at a bus stop in South Los Angeles, an L.A. police spokesman said. The incident occurred near 449 West 54th Street, in the Vermont Square neighborhood, according to Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The original collision involved a car that rear-ended another vehicle that was about to turn right into a driveway. Instead, that car was propelled into the bus stop, striking a couple, each about 70 years old, and their daughter, who is about 50, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD. The driver who hit the bus stop also was injured, but immediately called 911 and tried to administer aid.
A Canoga Park woman has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after she crashed her vehicle on a Malibu road late Friday, killing a 2-year-old girl in the backseat and severely injuring herself, authorities said. Magdalena Lisi, 22, was driving north on Malibu Canyon Road about a mile east of Pepperdine University around 9 p.m. when her Kia drifted off the roadway and collided with a metal guard rail, authorities said. The vehicle overturned, killing the toddler in the backseat, authorities said. Lisi suffered major injuries and was airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was later arrested on a DUI charge, though she remained at the hospital for treatment.
A 14-year-old girl was killed Monday night after she was struck by a vehicle in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. A 70-year-old woman was also struck in the crash, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. in the 23300 block of West Roscoe Boulevard in West Hills, said Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was listedn in grave condition. The names of the victims were not released. A dog was also killed in the incident, which is under investigation by Los Angeles police.