One man is dead Sunday morning after a car crashed into a charter bus carrying a college basketball team on the 71 Freeway in Chino Hills.
The San Diego Christian College basketball team was on their way back from a game at California State University-Bakersfield when the crash occurred around 1:26 a.m. near the Grand Avenue exit.
A Volkswagen Jetta hit the back of the bus before catching fire, California Highway Patrol officials said. The blaze traveled to the bus, engulfing the vehicle in flames.
A passerby stopped to help the driver after witnessing the crash, according to the Chino Valley Fire Department.
"There was a bystander, another motorist was driving by and stopped," said Batt. Chief Tim Stewart. "Pulled the driver out of the automobile before it was consumed by fire and the bus was just starting to ignite at that point."
The driver of the Jetta was treated by first responders at the scene but succumbed to his injuries.
All 18 basketball players and the driver of the bus were able to escape the fiery crash unharmed.
Another charter bus was called to take the team back to San Diego, officials said.
Investigators told KTLA the car may have been traveling at high rates of speed, but the official cause of the crash is still being investigated.