PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Three people who were injured in the tour bus crash that killed 13 people and injured 31 passengers near Palm Springs are suing several entities, including the estate of the bus company's owner/driver and the cities of Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs.
Jose Santos Hernandez, Idalia Arevalo and Pilar Medrano, all of Los Angeles, were on the USA Holiday bus that rear-ended a big rig about 5:15 a.m. last Oct. 23 on westbound Interstate 10, west of Indian Canyon Drive.
The bus took gamblers on a junket to the Red Earth Casino in Thermal, and was en route back to the Los Angeles area when it slammed into the rear of the truck. The driver and owner of the bus company, Teodulo Elias Vides, was killed, along with 12 passengers riding near the front of the bus.
Read: Relatives of two of the 13 people killed in a tour bus crash filed lawsuits against the bus driver and company a couple of weeks after the deadly crash
A passenger list released by the California Highway Patrol shortly following the crash stated that the three plaintiffs were hospitalized with minor injuries, but their complaint states that their injuries have caused
``great physical, mental and nervous pain, suffering and anguish ...'' Similar lawsuits have also been filed against Vides' estate and USA Holiday by family members of some of the deceased victims, as well as others
among the 31 injured bus riders.
The National Transportation Safety Board has not yet determined the exact cause of the crash, though investigators revealed last year that some tires on the bus were overly worn, putting the vehicle out of compliance with federal regulations.
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