OAKHURST (AP) — Authorities say a bus carrying students from China was going too fast around a curve when it went off the road and hit a tree near Yosemite National Park, killing a 13-year-old passenger.
California Highway Patrol Officer Kaci Lutz said Monday that the driver hasn’t been cited in the wreck Saturday that happened after the students and their chaperones visited the park.
Lutz says the bus was traveling between 35 and 40 mph when it entered a curve and slid off the road. Lutz says the speed was unsafe for the bus, despite the posted speed limit of 55 mph.
Officials say another 13-year-old girl is hospitalized in critical condition. Others injured in the crash have been released.
Investigators have interviewed witnesses, and they’re inspecting the bus to rule out mechanical problems.
The bus held 22 people, including the driver, who received minor injuries.