A tour bus drifted off a northern California interstate yesterday and flipped onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man, leaving six others with critical or serious injuries, and sending two dozen people to hospitals with less serious wounds, authorities say. The crash in Redding, about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, was the second of the day for the bus. A California Highway Patrol spokesman says the same vehicle struck a Denny's restaurant in Red Bluff, about 50 miles south, but no one was hurt.
The bus was en route from Los Angeles to Pasco, Wash., when it went off Interstate 5, rolled over, and came to rest upside-down on a service road. The bus, a 1996 Van Hool, was driven by a 67-year-old man from Los Angeles. Investigators say evidence at both crash sites shows that driver fatigue may have been a factor; they did not say whether drugs or alcohol may have been involved or whether any citations or charges were planned. It wasn't clear how much damage was done in the initial crash or why the bus continued on its trip.