25 injured when North County casino bus flips on trip to LA

SAN DIEGO -- A bus traveling from Pala Casino overturned in Los Angeles early Saturday morning, injuring 25 people, police confirmed.

The bus was headed to Koreatown with 32 passengers around 4 a.m. when it flipped on its side and slid along westbound Interstate 10 near downtown Los Angeles, CHP said. The bus collided head-on with sand-filled buffers and then crashed into a concrete bridge abutment before skidding onto its side, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Of the more than two dozen injured, four of the crash victims were in serious condition, five were in fair condition and 16 were in good condition, according to a fire official.

The driver, Dack M. Lew, 53, was transporting people from the Pala Casino in San Diego County to Koreatown, according to the CHP. Lew, of Los Angeles, was questioned by authorities but was not arrested. Officials said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the incident, but they were investigating whether Lew and the passengers were using seat belts.

The collision caused lane closures in the area for several hours.

The 2000 Van Hool bus was operated by QH Express, based in Rosemead, according to federal traffic safety records obtained by the newspaper. In the past two years, QH Express has had two vehicle-related violations out of 12 inspections, the records show. That rate is lower than the national average.

A man who answered a phone number listed for the company declined to answer questions from the Union-Tribune and hung up.