At least 4 die in desert bus crash

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BLYTHE, Calif. — Four passenger died and many others were hurt early Wednesday when a long-distance bus overturned in a chain reaction crash involving a jack-knifed big rig on Interstate 10 near the California-Arizona border.

Blythe crash bus

The crash happened at about 2:15 a.m. near Blythe, Calif., when the truck collided with an SUV and spilled its load of steel pipes across both sides of the freeway. The westbound bus either went out of control swerving to avoid them, a Caltrans spokesman said.

The identities of the four people who died was not immediately known. Reports on the number of injuries ranged from 12 to 21.

The bus, operated by El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express, was carrying passengers from El Paso and Phoenix to Los Angeles. There were 32 people on board, KTLA-TV reported.

Both lanes of I-10 were expected to remain closed until at least noon, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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