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Accident claims seven

Published:Wednesday | February 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Authorities work the scene where at least seven people were killed and nearly two dozen injured when a bus carrying a group from Tijuana, Mexico, crashed with two other vehicles on its way back from Big Bear Lake on Highway 38, north of Yucaipa, California, on Sunday. - AP

YUCAIPA, California (AP):

Gerardo Barrientos and his girlfriend Lluvia Ramirez wanted time away from the suffering they see every day at a government hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. Looking for a break, they paid $40 apiece for a day trip on a tour bus to the snowy mountains of Southern California.

But they found themselves in a scene more gruesome than any they had seen back home when the bus careened out of control and collided with a car and truck on the way down a mountain from the ski resort town of Big Bear.

"I saw many people dead. There are very, very horrendous images in my head, things I don't want to think about," Barrientos, who works in a hospital pharmacy, said Monday.

Authorities said seven people died and three dozen others were injured in the wreck Sunday.