Chula Vista man loses 3 family members in bus crash

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Three San Diego residents were among seven killed in a bus crash in Yucaipa Sunday after a ski trip to Big Bear.

Michael Guluster mourned the loss of his 61-year-old sister-in-law Guadalupe Olivas, along with his 40-year-old niece Elvira Garcia Jimenez and her 13-year-old son Victor Cabrera Garcia.

Fatal tour bus crashGuluster said his niece was a doctor and a teacher at a university in Tijuana and that many of the passengers were her students.

Guluster, a Chula Vista resident, found out about what happened through Olivas’ husband who called other relatives after surviving the crash and described the final horrific moments on the bus.

“As they were going down the hill, suddenly the bus driver is saying ‘we lost the breaks, but everything’s going to be OK,’” said Guluster.

He said Olivas’ husband told her to call 911.

“She’s calling 911. The bus started moving left and right.  He grabbed his wife with one arm.  With the other arm he held the front seat,” Guluster said.  “He remembered the bus made one turn – and the second turn. He didn’t know what happened until he found himself out of the bus.”

He said the man went to a hospital in Fontana to be treated for cuts and bruises, then was later released.  On Monday, the family found out about their loved ones who didn’t make it.

“This is a loss of life. It went and won’t come back. We need answers,” Guluster said.

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