A 91-year-old man died from injuries he suffered in Thursday’s crash of a tour bus on the 15 Freeway in Corona, authorities announced Friday.
Khang Tieu, of Midway, died at Riverside Community Hospital eight hours after the bus he was traveling in struck the center divider and overturned, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
Tieu was one of 22 passengers injured in the crash which occurred on the northbound side of the freeway between Magnolia and Ontario avenues.
The bus was en route to Westminster, in Orange County, returning from Pala Casino in Pala, east of Camp Pendleton, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Monks.
After interviews with the driver, Jian Fei Duan, 35, of Baldwin Park, and passengers, investigators concluded the bus was traveling at 65 mph — an unsafe speed for the wet roadways, Monks said in a news release.
The bus was operated by the tour company Sina Coach, which is based in Walnut, according to the CHP.
Another crash involving a casino tour bus occurred within minutes of the Corona incident on the 15 Freeway in Fallbrook.
One passenger also died in that crash. The victim was identified as 64-year-old Tayde Murguia who was traveling with her husband to the Valley View Casino. She was partially ejected in the crash and became trapped underneath the bus, said CHP officer Jim Bettencourt.
Family members told KTLA that Murguia’s husband is devastated and that no one has told her four grandchildren of her death because it’s Christmas time and they don’t know how to break the news.
Both crashes were still under investigation.