The bus involved in the early morning crash with a big rig was operated by USA Holiday, an Alhambra-based company that owns one bus and employs one driver, according to federal records. A woman who answered the phone at USA Holiday told The Times that she was the daughter of the company's owners. She said she did not know how many people had been killed or whether the driver survived. In the last several months, USA Holiday has used Facebook and Instagram to advertise trips from Koreatown, the San Fernando Valley and Southeast Los Angeles to casinos across Southern California. In one Instagram post, USA Holiday advertised a 20 bus fare from Koreatown to the Red Earth Casino in Thermal, leaving at 8:30 p.m. three days per week.
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 small plane that slammed into a car after landing on Interstate 15 in Fallbrook on Saturday killed a San Diego roller derby skater sitting in the vehicle's back seat, authorities said. The woman was identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as Antoinette "Toni" Frances Isbelle, 38, of San Diego. Isbelle was a member of the Starlettes roller derby team under the nickname "Rockalishous." The plane, a single-engine blue and white Lancair IV, landed in the northbound slow lane of the freeway, about a mile north of state Route 76 at 9:15 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parent. It skidded about 250 feet and plowed into the back of a 2015 Nissan Sentra carrying the roller derby skaters.
Over the years, many came to know Vermont Avenue and Olympic Boulevard as Don Elias' corner. This is where the driver of Sunday morning's tragic bus accident that left 13 dead, Teodulo Elias Vides, used to park and wait for customers. "He stood in this very spot as passengers began to board," said Maggie Monterroso of South Los Angeles, pointing to the sidewalk outside a cellphone store. "He was always friendly, always jovial." The family counselor began traveling to casinos on Vides' bus nearly 10 years ago.
Three people were killed and two others were seriously injured after a four-car accident in Woodland Hills that shut down Ventura Blvd. in both directions, officials said. The accident occurred at about 9 p.m. Saturday in the 20900 block of Ventura Boulevard. Passersby used fire extinguishers and buckets of water to tamp down flames after a car caught fire and trapped two people inside, said Brian Humphrey with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Eight people were involved in the accident. Of those taken to the hospital, two were listed in serious condition.