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Greyhound bus crash kills 6 in Calif.

The driver and two passengers died after a Greyhound bus hit a sport utility vehicle in Fresno, Calif. Three died in the SUV. The driver and two passengers died after a Greyhound bus hit a sport utility vehicle in Fresno, Calif. Three died in the SUV. (Gary Kazanjian/Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 23, 2010

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FRESNO, Calif. — A Greyhound bus traveling to Sacramento from Los Angeles crashed on a highway in California’s Central Valley early yesterday, killing six people and seriously injuring nine others.

The bus, carrying 36 people, struck an overturned sport utility vehicle, slammed into a concrete center divider, and clipped another vehicle shortly after 2 a.m. outside downtown Fresno, California Highway Patrol Officer Axel Reyes said.

The bus went off the right shoulder of the highway and down a 15-foot embankment before hitting a eucalyptus tree. The tree’s branches jutted into the vehicle.

Twisted pieces of metal, broken glass, and torn clothing littered the ground around the wreckage.

Arlan Snider, who had been traveling from Phoenix to Sacramento to visit his mother, said he was asleep in the middle of the bus when the crash occurred. He awoke to the smell of smoke and injured passengers around him.

“I woke up on the floor of the bus and started helping people off the bus,’’ Snider, 41, who escaped uninjured, said after arriving at Sacramento’s bus terminal.

Four women and two men died, including the bus driver. Three of the women were in the overturned SUV, officials said.

Nine people were taken to hospitals with moderate to critical injuries, Reyes said.

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