Driver Dead After Slamming Into Tour Bus

A driver slammed into the side of a tour bus in a Bloomington intersection on Easter Sunday, killing himself and injuring five bus passengers, officials said.

The collision took place about 7 p.m. in the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Linden Avenue, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Five people riding on the bus were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. San Bernardino County fire officials initially said nine people had been hurt.

"It's pretty catastrophic," said Officer Brian Alvarez of the California Highway Patrol.

Cristina Garcia said she heard a "boom," then rushed to try to help the driver trapped in the mangled Dodge.

"I saw the white car underneath the bus," she said. "He wasn't talking. He was breathing, he wasn't moving his hands. I couldn't even feel his pulse."

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life, a hydraulic rescue tool, to free the driver from the wreckage.

He was taken to Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Fontana. CHP officials said the driver had died.

The bus company, Executive Lines, has a Satisfactory Safety Record, according to records with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the NBC4 I-Team found.

Executive Lines operates 12 buses and employs 34 drivers. It had no crashes in the last two years, which is how far back online records are available.

Inspectors have found no "serious violations" on recent inspections.

Executive Lines scored better than the majority of bus companies in most safety categories, according to the NBC4 I-Team's data search.

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