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Four Buses, Including Inmate Transport Crash On Highway

Four Buses, Including Inmate Transport Crash On Highway

Police officers and firefighters stand next to a bus carrying inmates for the Los Angeles County Sheriffís Department as they survey a four-bus crash on the northbound Interstate 5 freeway in Commerce, Calif., Thursday, May 19, 2011. [AP]

Associated Press

May 20, 2011

COMMERCE, Calif. — Four buses — three carrying U.S. Army troops and one transporting Los Angeles County jail inmates — collided Thursday on a freeway, critically injuring a soldier and causing seven other minor injuries, authorities said.

The accident shortly before noon shut down northbound Interstate 5 in Commerce, east of downtown Los Angeles.

The crash involved a county bus carrying 25 inmates and three charter buses carrying Army personnel, California Highway Patrol Officer Ming Hsu said.

A car apparently cut off the jail bus and created a “domino effect” in which the other buses rear-ended each other, county fire Inspector Matt Levesque said.

One soldier was taken to a hospital in critical condition while two jail inmates and five military personnel received minor injuries, Levesque said.

The freeway was briefly closed while another sheriff’s bus was brought up to remove the inmates.

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