SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — Two people were killed and 18 injured when a Greyhound bus overturned on U.S. Highway 101 in South San Jose Tuesday morning, according to fire officials.
The accident happened around 6:40 a.m. on northbound Hwy 101 at the northbound state Highway 85 connector, authorities said.
The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Hwy 101. The bus is blocking the left lanes of northbound Hwy 101 and the HOV lanes of northbound and southbound Hwy 101. Traffic is backed up on Hwy 101 as only one or two lanes of northbound traffic are being allowed past the bus.
California Highway Patrol said it will take about 6 to 8 hours to clear the scene. Officials are advising drivers to avoid both directions Hwy 101. bus2
Emergency crews are at the scene of the accident.
Five people who suffered serious injuries that required immediate care were taken to a trauma center at a nearby hospital. 13 other passengers suffered minor injuries and were also transported to a local hospital.
The driver of the bus has been transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.
The two people who died were ejected from the bus, a CHP official said.
The Greyhound bus was traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with stops scheduled in San Jose and Oakland. A passenger said the bus was half full with 20 passengers inside.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, but no other vehicles were involved.
KRON 4’s Will Tran spoke with passengers about the terrifying moments when the bus overturned in the video above. One passenger told Tran that he was sleeping and the jolt from the bus overturning woke him up.
Another passenger said he and his girlfriend was stuck in the back of the bus and had to climb over the entire overturned bus to escape out of the front.