Calif authorities lower death toll in bus crash

Associated Press
Investigators examine the scene of a tour bus accident Monday Feb. 4, 2013 in the mountains of Southern California near San Bernardino.  The accident killed at least 8 people. ( AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) — California authorities have lowered the death toll in a tour bus crash from eight to seven.

The California Highway Patrol and a San Bernardino County coroner's investigator said Monday it was initially believed two bodies had remained inside inaccessible wreckage, but there turned out to be only one.

The bus carrying a group from Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles collided with two other vehicles Sunday night. Debris and body parts created a scene of horrific carnage.

The bus could not be entered until Monday because the wreckage was perched precariously off the side of a road.

Dozens of people were injured, some critically.

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