Thirteen people reported dead in California tour bus crash

At least 13 people have died in an accident in southern California after a tour bus collided with a lorry.

In images taken at the scene, the crumpled bus can be seen crashed into the back of the lorry.

According to reports, 13 people have died and 30 bus passengers were blue-lighted to hospital.

The bus was heading for Los Angeles on Interstate 10, near Palm Springs, when the accident happened.

All west-bound lanes of the road were closed near to the accident as rescuers placed ladders against the bus so they could climb in to remove bodies and the injured.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the scene to try to reach victims as quickly as possible. They used specialist saws to open up the vehicle and get to the front where critically injured passengers were in need of help.

Two trucks were also rushed to the scene of the accident, with one lifting up the rig’s trailer and another one moving the rig forward away from the bus.

Within hours, officials were reporting that 11 people were dead, although other news reports have placed the number at 13. All of those who have died or been injured were on the bus. The driver of the lorry is said to be unhurt.

Currently, there are fears for five passengers who are described as being in a critical condition at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

Accident investigators are looking into the cause of the crash, which is believed to have involved a tour bus run by the firm US Holiday. Passengers are said to have been visiting the Red Earth Casino, near Salton City, California before the tragic accident.

US Holiday, which is based in Los Angeles, specialises in taking people on trips to casinos around California. The firm is a small one and the driver is thought to be the owner as official records show only one vehicle and one driver registered to US Holiday.

The crash closed the highway for several hours and is believed to have caused the most fatalities in one accident in California in recent years.

In 2014, ten people were killed when a FedEx tractor-trailer cross the middle of the highway near Sacramento, crashing into a bus which was taking high school students from Los Angeles on a college campus visit.