The Latest: Woman killed in bus crash identified

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Posted: Jan 19, 2016 10:50 PM
The Latest: Woman killed in bus crash identified

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The latest on a deadly Greyhound bus accident (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

One of the two women killed in a Greyhound bus crash in Northern California has been identified as 51-year-old Fely Olivera.

Antonio Olivera says his mother was returning home to San Francisco from Los Angeles, where she had visited his two brothers.

Authorities haven't released the names of those killed, but Olivera says a coroner's investigator told him his mother died after being ejected from the bus.

Olivera says his mother had immigrated to California from the Philippines in September and that she had made that trip at least three times before.

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4:15 p.m.

A passenger on the Greyhound bus that crashed in San Jose killing two people says the driver seemed to be nodding off before the crash.

Alex Ehlers tells KCBS that he could feel the bus weaving and the driver jerking the wheel.

Ehlers says shortly after that there was a loud sound "like a lightning strike hit the bus" and a loud scraping sound for about 10 seconds as the bus see-sawed along the center median. He says passengers were "yelling and screaming."

Ehlers says the bus was on its side when he climbed out with his girlfriend, and he saw people lying face down in the concrete.

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2:30 p.m.

Authorities say a Greyhound bus driver reported being fatigued before the vehicle crashed in Northern California, killing two passengers.

California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Miceli says the driver told investigators he was tired and bought coffee at a stop in Gilroy, California, about 30 miles south of crash. Gilroy was the last stop before the wreck Tuesday morning.

The bus was traveling north on Highway 101 in San Jose when it plowed into safety barrels and flipped on its side onto a concrete median divider.

Miceli declined to identify the driver, who was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Miceli says the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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1 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it is investigating the crash of a Greyhound bus that killed two passengers in Northern California.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said the federal agency is sending a team to investigate the fatal accident that also injured several more passengers.

The bus slammed into the center divider of Highway 101 in San Jose about 6:40 a.m. and rolled over on its right side.

Highway 101 is major north-south route in the San Francisco Bay Area. The accident made a rainy commute even worse Tuesday morning.

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11 a.m.

Greyhound says a bus that rolled on its side in Northern California and killed two passengers began its trip in Los Angeles.

Company spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson says the bus left at 11:30 p.m. Monday and crashed at 6:40 a.m. on northbound Highway 101 in San Jose, a major commuting thoroughfare.

Authorities say at least eight people were hospitalized, including one with major injuries.

Gipson says the bus driver began his shift in Los Angeles and that the company requires operators to rest nine hours between trips.

The accident is under investigation, and authorities say the driver will be asked to submit a blood sample to test for alcohol and drugs.

Gipson says the bus was carrying 20 passengers in addition to the driver.

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9:30 a.m.

The California Highway Patrol will ask the Greyhound bus driver involved in a crash that killed two women and injured several other people to submit a blood sample for alcohol and drug testing.

CHP officer Chris Miceli says the local district attorney has also been notified of the crash that snarled the rainy Tuesday morning commute in San Jose.

Miceli said that's a routine measure for bus accidents and that the cause of the wreck is under investigation.

Greyhound representatives didn't immediately return phone calls.

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8:20 a.m.

Authorities say a Greyhound bus rolled onto its side during a rainy morning commute in Northern California, killing two people and injuring 18 others.

The San Jose Fire Department reported that the bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101 in San Jose around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. No other vehicles were involved.

The California Highway Patrol said 39 passengers and the driver were aboard the bus when it flipped onto the center divider.

The CHP said four people suffered moderate injuries, and 13 others suffered minor injuries. Four of the injured were transported to area hospitals. A young boy was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, the CHP said

The accident snarled a morning commute already slowed by rain.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that there were 20 passengers on the bus, not 39.