Cathedral City woman injured, 2 killed in Highway 60 crash

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BEAUMONT — A Cathedral City woman has life-threatening injuries from a crash that killed her two passengers Wednesday night on Highway 60 in Beaumont.

About 7:20 p.m., Tiffany Ayala, 34, was driving west on Highway 60 near Jackrabbit Trail when an unidentified vehicle made an unsafe lane change in front of her, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash is being investigated as a non-contact hit-and-run, CHP Officer Darren Meyer said. The driver did not stop and “may not have known they caused a collision,” he said.

Ayala lost control of her Toyota Camry and drove off the road before crashing into a tree.

The passengers killed were only identified as a 19-year-old Artesia woman and a 36-year-old Las Vegas man.

According to the Riverside County coroner’s office, the man was not wearing a seat belt. Both victims were thrown from the car. The woman was pronounced dead at 7:46 p.m., and the man was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m.

Ayala was trapped in the car and she used her cell phone to call family members in Cathedral City, according to the CHP. The family members dialed 911.

Ayala was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

The CHP asked anyone with information to call (951) 769-2020.

Passenger apologizes for I-10 bus accident

PHOENIX — A California man accused of attacking the driver of a Greyhound
bus and causing it to go off Interstate 10 in Arizona is apologizing for some of
what happened.

In a jail interview with local TV, 25-year-old Maquel
Morris of Los Angeles denied hitting the driver but said he’s sorry that
passengers were injured when the bus went off the highway west of Phoenix.

Authorities have said Morris struck the driver and attempted to take control of
the steering wheel. The Dallas-bound bus went into the median before passengers helped the
driver regain control. Two dozen people were taken to hospitals.

One passenger described Morris as “berserk” during the incident. Morris was charged with endangerment, aggravated assault and criminal damage.

In the interview, Morris said he’d used methamphetamine several days earlier.

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Police: Bus goes off I-10 when man attacks driver – KERO

TONOPAH, Ariz. – State police say a passenger attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus, leading to a crash on Interstate 10 in western Arizona that left numerous people injured.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the Dallas-bound bus was heading east from Los Angeles when the accident occurred near Tonopah shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday.

The DPS says the bus crossed the highway median, but came to a stop before entering westbound traffic when other passengers restrained the man who had been pummeling the driver.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves says 25-year-old Maquel Donyel Morris of Los Angeles has been arrested and will be booked into jail on suspicion of numerous counts of endangerment, assault and aggravated assault.

Twenty-three people are injured, including three airlifted to hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.

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Police: Bus goes off I-10 after man attacks driver

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PHOENIX (AP) – A passenger attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus early Thursday as it traveled down an Arizona highway, causing the bus to swerve and throw passengers from their seats before it went off the road, injuring 24 people, authorities said.

The Dallas-bound bus was heading east from Los Angeles on Interstate 10 when it wrecked shortly before 2 a.m. near the community of Tonopah, about 50 miles west of Phoenix.

One of the passengers ”basically went berserk in the bus and grabbed control of vehicle,” Harquahala Fire District Chief Dan Caudle told KPHO-TV.

The bus crossed the highway median but came to a stop before entering westbound traffic when other passengers restrained the 25-year-old California man, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

”The passengers descended on him,” DPS spokesman Bart Graves told The Associated Press.

The bus remained upright, and none of the 24 people taken to hospitals had life-threatening injuries, the agency said.

The driver ”did a good job of maintaining control” before the bus came to a stop in the median, where there were numerous rocks and bushes, Caudle told the station.

The Department of Public Safety identified the attacker as Maquel Donyel Morris, of Los Angeles

Susana Ordinola, 48, of San Bernardino, Calif., said she heard other passengers complain to the driver about Morris during a stop in Blythe, Calif. She then saw the driver talk to him.

After the bus entered Arizona, the man suddenly ran toward the driver, Ordinola said. ”He screamed, `Everybody’s going to die.”’

Ordinola said she was sitting right behind the driver and saw Morris grab the steering wheel. The bus then started swerving.

She said people were thrown from their seats. When the bus came to a stop, she saw people bleeding and screaming in pain.

”Everybody is jumping and flying and screaming,” Ordinola said while waiting for a bus back to California.

Graves said the attacker reportedly was hallucinating and indicated he wanted to get off the bus. The man was taken to a hospital for a drug-induced condition, Graves said.

The passengers’ injuries included a broken sternum suffered by one person who helped restrain the attacker, said Officer Carrick Cook, another DPS spokesman.

Morris and a female companion got off the bus when it stopped after the attack, and they ran off into the desert, the DPS said. They returned about 30 minutes later.

When other passengers spotted the Morris returning, they started cursing at him and yelling ”That’s the guy,” Ordinola said. Some threw rocks at him.

According to Ordinola, Morris’ companion tried to shield him before paramedics stepped in to stop people from going after Morris.

Morris was arrested at the scene and transported to a hospital. He will be booked into jail on suspicion of numerous counts of endangerment, assault and aggravated assault, the DPS said. Morris does not yet have an attorney.

Greyhound spokeswoman Alexandra Pedrini said the bus was carrying 41 passengers, plus the driver.

A relief bus was sent to the accident scene to take the nearly 20 uninjured passengers to Phoenix so they could continue to their final destinations, she said.

Ordinola, who had pain in her knees and a rib, was treated at a Phoenix hospital.

”I just want to go home,” she said.

24 passengers hurt in I-10 crash when ‘hallucinating man’ allegedly assaults …



TONOPAH, Ariz. — A passenger attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus, causing a crash on Interstate 10 in western Arizona that left 24 people injured, state police said.

The Dallas-bound bus was heading east from Los Angeles when the crash occurred near Tonopah shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday.

The bus crossed the highway median, but came to a stop before entering westbound traffic when other passengers restrained the man who had been pummeling the driver, Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

The bus remained upright and none of the 24 people taken to hospitals had life-threatening injuries, the DPS said.

While he was being pummeled, the driver called for passengers to “get this guy off me,” passenger Gregory Ford told KNXV-TV (http://bit.ly/1eg6EWR ).

“The passengers descended on him,” DPS spokesman Bart Graves told The Associated Press.

Graves said the attacker reportedly was hallucinating and indicated he wanted to get off the bus. The man was taken to a hospital for a drug-induced condition, Graves said.

The injuries included a broken sternum suffered by one of the passengers who helped restrain the attacker, said DPS Officer Carrick Cook, another DPS spokesman.

The alleged attacker and a female companion got off the bus when it stopped and ran off into the desert, but he was arrested when they returned 30 minutes later, the DPS said.

Maquel Donyel Morris, 25, of Los Angeles will be booked into jail on suspicion of numerous counts of endangerment, assault and aggravated assault, the DPS said.

Greyhound spokeswoman Alexandra Pedrini said the bus was carrying 41 passengers, plus the driver.

A relief bus was sent to the accident scene to take the nearly 20 uninjured passengers to Phoenix so they could continue to their final destinations, she said.

Westbound lanes of I-10 were closed for 30 minutes so helicopters could land.

UPDATE: Anaheim Boy, 7, Fatally Injured in Crash on Interstate 10 Near 62

Update 5:10 p.m. The California Highway Patrol has released more details about a crash Friday morning on eastbound Interstate 10 near State Route 62, in which a 7-year-old boy sustained fatal injuries.

The crash occurred just after 7:10 a.m. Jan. 17 when a 2001 Chevrolet minivan towing an enclosed trailer was eastbound on the 10, approaching the transition road to the 62, CHP Officer Stephanie Hamilton said in a statement.

“There were a total of five occupants in the vehicle, a 66 year old male from Nevada, a 31 year old female from Anaheim, an 11 year old girl, a 9 year old boy and a 7 year old boy, all from Anaheim,” Hamilton said.

For unknown reasons, the trailer being towed by the Chevrolet began moving side-to-side, and the trailer overturned, Hamilton said.

“The driver of the Chevrolet tried to maintain control of the minivan but it subsequently overturned,” Hamilton said. ”The Chevrolet and trailer continued in a northeasterly direction of E/B I-10, where it came 
to rest partially blocking the #1 and #2 lanes.”

The 7-year-old boy was partially ejected, and he was transported by ambulance to Desert Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries, Hamilton said.

The 9-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl sustained minor injuries and they were transported to Desert Regional for treatment, Hamilton said. The two adult occupants did not sustain any injuries.

“The cause of this collision is still under investigation,” Hamilton said. “The investigating officer related that it appeared the juvenile occupants were not wearing their seatbelts.”

Anyone with more info was urged to call the Indio CHP Office at (760) 772-8900.

Posted 11:56 a.m. A child was fatally injured in a crash Friday morning on eastbound Interstate 10 near State Route 62, and lanes were closed several hours for investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An overturned vehicle was reported at 7:12 a.m. Jan. 17, according to the CHP.

Two Cal Fire engine companies responded “to a traffic collision with
extrication on Eastbound I 10 near Hwy 62 in North Palm Springs,” Jody Hagemann of Cal Fire-Riverside County said in a statement.

The child later died at a hospital and a coroner’s investigator was summoned, according to the CHP. Three other people sustained minor injuries, Hagemann said.

Two eastbound lanes on the 10 remained closed east of SR 62 as of 11:55 a.m. Friday, a Highway Patrol dispatcher said in a phone interview.

Child Fatally Injured in Crash on Interstate 10 Near 62

A child was fatally injured in a crash Friday morning on eastbound Interstate 10 near State Route 62, and lanes were closed several hours for investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An overturned vehicle was reported at 7:12 a.m. Jan. 17, according to the CHP.

Two Cal Fire engine companies responded “to a traffic collision with
extrication on Eastbound I 10 near Hwy 62 in North Palm Springs,” Jody Hagemann of Cal Fire-Riverside County said in a statement.

The child later died at a hospital and a coroner’s investigator was summoned, according to the CHP. Three other people sustained minor injuries, Hagemann said.

Two eastbound lanes on the 10 remained closed east of SR 62 as of 11:55 a.m. Friday, a Highway Patrol dispatcher said in a phone interview.

COLTON: I-10/215 fatal accident victim was Yucaipa man – Press

Accident DefaultA 23-year-old Yucaipa man was the victim of the fatal weekend pedestrian accident at the I-10/215 freeway interchange in Colton, coroner’s officials say.

Brandon Erick Ellwanger died at the scene of the 1:38 a.m. crash Sunday, Jan. 12, on the transition road from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 to the northbound lanes of I-215, said California Highway Patrol Officer Charles Murray.

Ellwanger was struck by a 25-year-old San Bernardino woman who was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, Murray said.

Preliminary reports referred to the accident as a hit-and-run. However, Murray said that the woman later went to San Bernardino Police Department where she notified officers that she’d been involved in a fatal accident.

After being interviewed, she was released pending completion of the accident investigation and a review by district attorney’s officials.

It’s unclear why Ellwanger was walking on the freeway. There were no disabled or parked cars in the area, Murray said.

INDIO: I-10 crash kills Harley rider – Press

accident iconAlcohol is believed to have played a role in the fatal crash of a 44-year-old Indio motorcyclist who lost control of his 1998 Harley Davidson on a freeway offramp in that city, say California Highway Patrol investigators.

Mark Wauben died at the scene of the 11:17 p.m. wreck Friday, Jan. 10, on the Monroe Avenue off-ramp from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10.

“The Harley Davidson traveled … off the roadway and into the dirt shoulder,” Officer Mike Radford said in a written statement. “The rider was ejected approximately 50 feet.

“Alcohol is believed to have been a factor.”

2 dead, 5 hurt in crash near Arizona-Calif. border – FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix …

QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (AP) – Authorities say a big rig driver is in custody after a hit-and-run crash near the Arizona-California border left two people dead and five others injured.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say David Yates was being held Friday in the La Paz County Jail on suspicion of two counts of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, criminal damage and driving under the influence of drugs.

Authorities say the 55-year-old Yates was arrested about a half mile away from the crash site on Interstate 10 some 20 miles east of Quartzsite.

They say Yates’ rig allegedly rear-ended an SUV, which veered off the freeway and roll at least once about 4 a.m. Friday.

DPS says the two killed were ejected from the vehicle.

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