What was supposed to be a fun three-day church mountain retreat for over 20 students from Pasadena turned into a nightmare for the group. The bus carrying the students and heading home, collided with an SUV, causing the bus to crash into a power pole and end up in a snowy ravine. The impact caused the seats to come loose and send all the passengers to the front of the bus. Some students were trapped under other students or under the loose seats. The SUV was driven by an off-duty San Bernardino County fireman.
It took rescue crews hours to free the passengers. The crash killed the 61-year old bus driver and sent the 23 passengers to local hospitals for treatment by ambulance and helicopters - ten were critically injured - two underwent emergency surgery. The others sustained minor to moderate injuries.
The CHP plans on investigating and reconstructing the accident to determine what happened. There was snow on the ground, but the road was clear. It was also determined that the bus may not have had seat belts.
One of the passengers, a 12-year old girl, is unconscious and in extremely critical condition.