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.