The Latest: Camera recovered from Greyhound bus after crash

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Posted: Jan 20, 2016 5:36 PM
The Latest: Camera recovered from Greyhound bus after crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest on a deadly Greyhound bus accident (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

A federal transportation official says a camera was recovered from a Greyhound bus that flipped onto its side in Northern California, killing two passengers.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jennifer Morrison told reporters Wednesday that the agency hasn't viewed the video yet. She says investigators hope to interview the driver, who reported being fatigued before the Tuesday morning crash on a rain-slick freeway.

Morrison declined to discuss possible causes of the wreck, saying she and seven other investigators arrived late Tuesday and have just started their inquiry.

Morrison says they'll examine the 2014 MCI motor coach for mechanical and structural defects while looking into road conditions and the driver's actions before the crash.

The California Highway Patrol also is investigating and says it's ruled out drugs or alcohol as factors.

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11:20 a.m.

Authorities have ruled out drugs and alcohol as factors in the deadly Greyhound bus crash in Northern California.

The California Highway Patrol says it's still trying to determine what led the bus to veer off U.S. 101 in San Jose, slam into safety barrels and roll onto a concrete divider on Tuesday morning.

Two passengers were killed, and several others were injured.

The CHP says the driver told investigators that he was fatigued and that he bought a cup of coffee at a stop in Gilroy, about 30 miles south of the crash.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles says the driver has a clean driving record over the past three years and no history of drunken driving over the past 10 years.

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10:20 a.m.

Federal transportation officials say Greyhound buses have been involved in six fatal accidents resulting in seven deaths over the past two years.

The U.S. Department of Transportation data don't include the two people killed Tuesday morning when they were ejected from a Greyhound bus that flipped onto its side on a freeway in San Jose.

The California Highway Patrol says the bus driver reported feeling fatigued before hitting safety barrels on rain-slickened U.S. 101.

The federal data show that officials inspected 1,882 Greyhound vehicles and 3,065 drivers over the past two years and that Greyhound buses were involved in six deadly accidents during that period.

DOT spokesman Troy Green says seven people died in those six accidents.

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9:35 a.m.

A coroner has identified the two passengers killed in a Greyhound bus crash in Northern California.

The Santa Clara County coroner's office says 51-year-old Fely Olivera of San Francisco and 76-year-old Maria De Jesus Ortiz Velasquez of Salinas died at the scene of Tuesday morning's wreck.

The California Highway Patrol says both women were ejected from the bus when it flipped onto its side on Highway 101 in San Jose. The agency has said the bus driver reported feeling fatigued before hitting safety barrels on the major commuting thoroughfare.

Eight people went to the hospital, and several others received minor injuries. The CHP and federal transportation officials are investigating the crash.

Olivera's son previously confirmed his mother's death. He says Olivera was returning home from Los Angeles after visiting two other sons.