At least 13 reported dead in tour bus crash near Palm Springs

Thirteen people are dead after a tour bus collided with a tractor-trailer near Palm Springs, California early Sunday morning, officials say.

The accident happened at 5:17 a.m. local time on westbound Interstate 10, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Along with the fatalities, officials say 31 people were injured when the tour bus slammed into the big rig in North Palm Springs.

The Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs reported receiving 14 patients early Sunday. Five were in critical condition while three were in serious condition, the hospital said.

Early videos from the scene shows dozens of firefighters with ladders inside the mangled remains of the tour bus, struggling to reach the victims.

KESQ reported that rescuers also used a crane to search the wreckage.

The California Highway Patrol told KESQ the bus was owned by a Los Angeles company, USA Holiday.

Sunday’s crash may be among the deadliest in California in recent years.

Ten people were killed in April 2014 when a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a median on Interstate 5 north of Sacramento and slammed into a bus carrying high school students from Los Angeles on their way to visit a college campus.

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