Coroner IDs 3 San Diegans Killed in Bus Crash

At least 15 passengers were hospitalized after Sunday's deadly tour bus crash near Big Bear

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    Three San Diego residents were listed as deceased passengers on a deadly bus crash near Big Bear. (Published Monday, Feb 4, 2013)

    The San Bernardino County Coroner's Department late Monday afternoon released the names of five people killed in Sunday's deadly tour bus crash.

    Three of those victims are from San Diego, the report stated. 

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    San Diegans Guadalupe Olivas, 61, Elvira Garcia Jimenez, 40, and Victor Cabrera Garcia, 13, were all killed in the crash. 

    Additionally, the coroner has identified Tijuana residents: Aleida Adriana Arce Hernandez, 38, Mario Garcia Santoyo, 32, and Rubicelia Escobeda Flores, 34. 

    Flowers and candles were brought to Loma Linda Medical Center where some of the victims involved in the deadly tour bus crash on a mountain road were hospitalized and family members gathered to wait for updates on their conditions.

    Two patients -- identified as an adult male and girl -- at the hospital were listed Monday morning in critical condition. Another adult male was in serious condition, and a woman and girl were listed in fair condition.

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    Three patients were transferred to Loma Linda Medical Center overnight from other hospitals. They included a man and woman in fair condition and a boy in fair condition.

    A victim's family member said some of the estimated 40 passengers were students from Tijuana, Mexico and their guests. They were returning from a skiing and snowboarding trip in Big Bear when the bus began swerving at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday on Highway 38 near Yucaipa.

    Passengers and another driver said the bus swerved for about three minutes and the driver reported brake problems before the bus crashed into two vehicles and flipped.

    Some passengers were ejected from the bus, other were extricated from the wreckage on the two-lane highway.

    A Caltrans officials described the crash as the worst she has seen in 23 years working for the agency.