In a tragic accident last week, a semi-truck jack-knifed, spilled its load of steel pipes, causing a 32-passenger bus to swerve, roll over, and result in the death of four of its passengers.
The accident occurred about 2:00 in the morning, on Interstate 10 at a border inspection station near the California-Arizona border. The truck was heading east, outside Blythe in Riverside County, California. Official reports state that the truck driver attempted to pass a slower vehicle, lost control, struck the center median, jack-knifed, and spilled its freight into the Interstate lanes going both directions.
The bus was heading west; the driver doesn’t appear to have been speeding. The bus driver swerved to avoid the freight, which caused the bus to slide off the highway, into a fence and down a small embankment, and turn over on its side.