6 Dead, Many Injured in Calif. Greyhound Bus Crash
Driver swerved to avoid earlier minivan pileup
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2010 9:24 AM CDT
A Greyhound bus stands parked at a station in rural Oregon on one of the last days Greyhound bus company will continue the route through rural Oregon, August 17, 2004.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Greyhound bus carrying 35 people heading to Sacramento from Los Angeles crashed on a highway in California's Central Valley early this morning, killing six and injuring many others. The bus driver swerved to avoid another crash involving an overturned minivan, slammed into the concrete center divider, and then hit another vehicle and a tree at about 2am just outside downtown Fresno.

Six people are said to have died, and early reports say there are multiple injuries. The bus departed Los Angeles late last night and stopped in Fresno, one of about eight scheduled stops, before continuing on its route to Sacramento. Northbound lanes of Highway 99, a major route through the San Joaquin Valley, have been closed since the crash.