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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