Multiple fatalities reported in tour bus crash

April 28, 2009 7:34:40 PM PDT
The California Highway Patrol says a fourth death has been confirmed in a tour bus crash in central California. Dozens of people were injured. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The Patrol said the bus overturned about 3:30 p.m. on U.S. 101 in Soledad. CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader said there were at least four confirmed deaths by early evening, but she had no details. Five hospitals were treating victims.

Clader said authorities believe 36 people were on the bus, but they had not yet received a passenger manifest to confirm that.

The maroon bus bore the name Orion Pacific. A person who answered the phone at Orion Pacific in Orange said no one was available to comment. It was not immediately clear who had chartered the bus.

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