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Car Crashes Head-On With Bus in Alpine

Two people suffered major injuries after a car crashed head-on with a bus full of people Monday morning. 

The crash happened at approximately 10 a.m. Monday on Interstate 8 at Willows Road, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers said. 

CHP officers said the crash happened when a Ford Escort driving westbound on Willows Road, just east of Brows Road, pulled to the shoulder and began to U-turn. 

At the time, a Van Hool Charter Bus was driving westbound. Officers said the Ford tried to swerve and avoid the crash, but was unable to avoid the bus. 

The front end of the bus hit the side of the Ford, officers said. 

A third car driving estbound on Willows Road then struck the bus as well. 

Rescue workers had to pry the car open to free the driver and a passenger trapped inside. The passenger and driver suffered major injuries and were taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. 

Two passengers in the bus suffered minor injuries. One of those passengers was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Rex Butler, who witnessed the crash from his car, said he rushed to help the driver, only to discover he was trapped. 

"I was afraid to do anything because I was afraid I would hurt him," he said.

A Sig alert was issued for E Willows and all lanes were closed in both directions. 

The crash is under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor. 

No other information was immediately available.

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