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1 Dead, Dozens Hurt in 2 Bus Crashes

June 28, 1999

Two unrelated tour bus crashes in Southern California _ one in Buena Park and the other near the Mojave Desert _ left one person dead and several other people injured.

The first crash Sunday involved a sight-seeing bus tour to Tijuana, Mexico. The California Highway Patrol said a Chevrolet Malibu veered in front of the bus, killing the car’s driver.

The 30 bus passengers were not injured. The car’s driver, whose name was not released, later died at Whittier Community Hospital, Montanez said.

The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. on Interstate 5, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles, said Officer Gary Montanez, a police spokesman.

``I was scared,″ said 13-year-old Lali Quezada, a bus passenger. ``I saw the car hit the divider and the bus hit it and dragged it all the way to the other side.″

The second crash occurred more than an hour later, near Baker, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. A tour bus carrying 37 passengers overturned on Interstate 15 about 10:20 a.m. as it returned from Jean, Nev., from a gambling trip, Officer Willie Hailey said.

Bus driver Louis Auther Jackson, 59, of Lynwood, apparently lost control of the vehicle as a tire blew out. The bus crashed into the center divider and then flipped several times.

Rescue workers rushed 12 people to area hospitals. Two victims suffered moderate injuries.

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