Four people were injured early Thursday when a Greyhound bus and a big rig collided on Interstate 5 just north of Kettleman City, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The CHP said the big rig hit the back of the bus for an unknown reason, causing the bus to veer onto a dirt shoulder and the big rig to topple onto its side. The bus came to rest on an embankment. The bus was en route to San Francisco with 44 passengers.
The driver of the big rig, the bus driver and two passengers – a 27-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl – suffered minor injuries. The cause is under investigation, but alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been involved.
The crash occurred just before 5 a.m. at I-5 and Milham Avenue. The CHP closed all northbound traffic on the highway and diverted traffic.
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The four injured passengers were taken to a hospital. Information about their condition was not available. Another bus was reportedly being sent to pick up the other passengers.
The CHP also said about 20 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled. By 9 a.m., traffic was reportedly backed up about five miles to Utica Avenue.