Eight killed in California tourist coach crash

Eight killed in California tourist coach crash

At least eight people were killed after a coach collided with two other vehicles in the mountains of southern California.

Fifteen of the passengers taken to hospital are reported to be in critical condition, Sky News reported.

The coach rolled over after colliding with another vehicle on Highway 38 near Mentone, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles yesterday.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department received a call shortly after 6.30pm local time reporting the accident.

"Parties in the tour bus were ejected from the bus. We have multiple fatalities on the scene," fire department spokesman Eric Sherwin told Reuters.

He was unable to say how many people were killed in the accident or provide the name of the charter company. He said 27 people were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The highway is one of three roads leading to Big Bear Lake, a recreational area popular with skiers, Sherwin said.

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