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1 Dead, Dozens Hurt in 2 Bus Crashes

June 27, 1999

BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) _ A tour bus carrying about 30 people on their way to Tijuana, Mexico, smashed into a car that veered into its path Sunday, killing the car’s driver, the California Highway Patrol said.

Another tour bus crash more than an hour later near the Mojave Desert town of Baker left a dozen people injured.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a Chevy Malibu traveling southbound on Interstate 5 veered into the path of the bus headed for Mexico, said Officer Gary Montanez, a CHP spokesman.

The bus smashed into the Chevy, leaving the unidentified driver with fatal injuries.

The bus’ passengers later boarded a new replacement and resumed their trip.

Meanwhile, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles near the town of Baker, a tour bus carrying 37 passengers overturned on Interstate 15. Twelve people were taken to hospitals, including two with moderate injuries, CHP Officer Willie Hailey said.

About 10:20 a.m., driver Louis Auther Jackson, 59, of Lynwood lost control of his bus, which crashed into the center divider and flipped over, Hailey said.

The bus was returning to Los Angeles from Las Vegas.