Bus from Los Angeles in route to Casino Pauma crashes on Pala Temecula Road sending 10 people to hospital

A bus traveling from the Los Angeles area to Casino Pauma crashed on Pala Temecula Road yesterday, sending 10 people to the hospital.

According to CHP public information officer Jim Bettencourt, a 58-year-old man from El Monte was driving a 1996 tour bus with 18 passengers on board.

“While traveling southbound on Pala Temecula Road, near Aruba Road, the driver stated that he experienced brake failure on the bus,” said Bettencourt. “The bus was unable to stop while entering a curve in the roadway and collided into a metal guard rail on the east side of the road.”

According to Bettencourt, after the collision with the guard rail, the bus careened to the right and collided into several trees and boulders not far off of the right shoulder.

“There were 10 people transported to Palomar Hospital with various complaints of pain with the most serious being a laceration to the head; the driver was among those transported,” said Bettencourt.

The CHP has stated that the bus will be kept in impound as evidence as the investigation into the incident takes place.

It was stated that it does not appear that alcohol or drugs played a factor in the collision.

“All passengers were from the Los Angeles area,” said Bettencourt.

The incident led to the roadway being closed for several hours.

14 Responses to "Bus from Los Angeles in route to Casino Pauma crashes on Pala Temecula Road sending 10 people to hospital"

  1. S-16 driver   September 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Time to get ALL the buses off this road

  2. o   September 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I saw that bus traveling south on the 15 going 80+ last night.

  3. oscar   September 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I saw that bus last night traveling south on the 15 going 80+ last night he would be changing lanes every time he could

  4. marinewife   September 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I saw a bus that said y and m bus to Vegas going over 80 last week.

  5. Brookie   September 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Heard on KFI that the guy was Chinese and couldn’t speak English.
    Said that it took for ever to figure out that he was talking about the brakes. They scare the heck out of me on the freeway. You don’t want to be on the 10 or 60 fwy when they are on the road.

  6. Lee   September 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Money makes us all prostitutes. Some of us are even willing to put ourselves in a position to die.

  7. local   September 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

    buses should not be on that road

  8. Joe Naiman   September 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Whatever one’s opinion is whether buses should be allowed on Pala Temecula Road, here’s my story last year with some traffic count data:


  9. Yoshi Shirindipity   September 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I once rode on a bus to Manzinar. I hate travelling on buses especially ones headed to camp.

  10. Pala   September 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Several years ago, buses all used 76. That changed when the first mile east of 15 was widened to four lanes. During construction, they detoured to Pala Temecula Road. Problem is, they never went back to using 76. Large trucks and buses can’t handle the grade on PT. Multi-axle tractor trailers aren’t supposed to be on PT Road at all … though dozens every day still are. Buses shouldn’t be on it either. Just look at the guard rails to see why. Ban them and enforce it.

  11. Preston   September 5, 2013 at 7:25 am

    The problem is not the buses its the attractant.

  12. Me   September 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

    @Pala. You hit it right on the head. There is no way those large buses should be using Pala Temecula Road.

  13. RAIDER FAN   September 6, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I work at Casino Pauma and know the owner’s of that bus.. Im just glad his mom and brother are doing better..

  14. multiple fixes   September 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

    In another story, it was stated the bus passed inspection just last Tuesday and that multiple brake fixes have been made? Maybe get a better mechanic to work on it?


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