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21 people, including kids, hospitalized after Greyhound bus crashes near Tulare, CHP says

TULARE, Calif. (KFSN) — Multiple people were injured when a Greyhound bus crashed and landed on its side near Tulare Wednesday morning.

It happened just off the 99 freeway near 260 Avenue at about 3 am.

The California Highway Patrol says the bus was traveling northbound on 99 when it left the roadway and went through a chain-link fence before striking its side in the Horizon Nut Processor parking lot.

There were 34 passengers on board and 21 people were taken to at least three different hospitals in Tulare, Visalia and Hanford with minor to moderate injuries. Many of those hospitalized are children.

The reason why the bus ran off the road is not yet known. Officers say the bus was en route to Fresno from Bakersfield when it crashed.

Officials confirm none of the injuries were life-threatening and say they are working with Greyhound Lines on the investigation.

However, those on the bus and their families want answers.

A concerned niece says she booked her uncle’s ticket from Southern California to Sacramento and was his emergency contact, but never received a call or email about the crash.

The only email in her inbox was at 6:20 am. about a travel advisory, urging people to call customer service, as he says he did.

“I said to let me speak to someone and they said, ‘Sorry, we don’t have anyone. If you want to leave feedback, you have to email.’ I say, ‘How come my family has an accident on one of your buses and you don’t notify me?’

When she finally got in touch with her uncle, he described his terrifying experience.

“He’s like, ‘I just remember getting up, and my whole body was hurting,’ he had cuts all over his face, he was bleeding, and it was scary.”

She says her uncle only had minor injuries and was released from Kaweah Health Hospital.

However, the thought that this could have ended worse for anyone on the bus stays with her.

“I wish there was a better source of communication; god forbid people could have died and we would have been notified?” she says

She also says that her uncle and others involved in the accident will board another bus to reach their final destination.

In the past two years, federal transportation officials report there have been 33 Greyhound accidents across the U.S., three of them fatal.

Over the years, Action News has reported on a number of accidents involving Greyhound buses.

In 2019, a Los Angeles man admitted to crashing a bus full of passengers in Fresno while under the influence of marijuana.

There were 38 people on board, traveling from Sacramento to Los Angeles.

Ashton Castillo was sentenced to two years in prison.

And in 2016, there were two crashes in October and December in the South Valley, the first in Traverse where 14 passengers were taken to the hospital after a bus ran off the 99 freeway.

Passengers said the driver was eating and had a medical problem.

Just months later, there was a crash in the town of Kettleman, but investigators said it was another driver who lost control of a truck and rear-ended a Greyhound bus.

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