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Tour bus crashes on Valley Center Road en route to Harrah's Casino

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Issue 38, Volume 17.

RINCON - On Thurs., Sept. 19, at approximately 9:33 am, a Harrah's Casino tour bus driven by a 63-year-old male from Hawaiian Gardens (Calif.) was traveling near the address of 29553 Valley Center Rd on its way to Harrah's Casino.

Based on the preliminary investigation, the tour bus was traveling around a curve when it veered off the roadway, collided into a fence and came to rest in the front yard of a residence. There was no damage to

the residence.

Fifteen people were on the bus, including the driver, which originated from Seal Beach. Advertisement
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They were five miles away from Harrah's Casino when the crash occurred.

Eight people, including the driver, were taken to the hospital. One passenger was taken to Fallbrook and,seven passengers were taken to Palomar Hospital. The most serious injury was to a female passenger who suffered a possible broken femur. All passengers were adults.

The bus is operated by Silver State Coach Inc. and makes several trips to Harrah's Casino daily.

As of this time it is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a factor in this collision. The collision remains under




Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #1 | Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 7:17 am
THIS is the result, my dear fellow Fallbrookers, when our corrupt and GREEDY politicians AND Native Tribes shove casinos into a small region without first improving the necessary infrastructure to accommodate this new growth, i.e., the widening of roads. Here you go, folks!

Money first; lives second.
Comment Profile ImageSuzie
Comment #2 | Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 8:10 am
This seems to be getting commonplace. Sounds like the bus companies need to tighten up on their safety procedures and training for their operators to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #3 | Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 8:34 am
Once again Lee blames a casino, and evidently Native Americans in general, for carelessness on the part of a human being. Inattentive and reckless drivers were having accidents on that particular stretch of road long before the first casino appeared. Let's try putting the blame on the individual responsible rather than passing the buck.
Comment Profile ImageJohn
Comment #4 | Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 9:39 am
That first one was found to be operator error, even thought the driver originally claimed the brakes failed. The paint marks left by investigators and still visible on Pala Temecula Road show how what happened was inconsistent with brake failure.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #5 | Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm
Hell just froze over! I sort of agree with Lee (ugh). The casino's draw more traffice than those roads were designed to handle; the tribes who are making the money should build a better way to get to them. Look at Penchanga - big, wide, well lit road. And Pink is right (I am more used to agreeing with her) - blame falls on the driver. (Just guessing that Pink is female, Lee- are you male or female? Lee could be either).
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #6 | Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm
Thanks Grunt. I am a female. Definitely. (-:

Even on the rare occasion when Lee is right about something (which is as rare as hens teeth) it is usually for all the wrong reasons. I do not completely disagree with the fact that the roads need to be widened. They have always needed to be made safer. Hundreds of buses and cars use those winding, narrow roads on a daily basis, without having accidents. I don't think it is fair to put the blame for this accident solely on the shoulders of the casinos. After all, if you build it, they will come. After hundreds of years of being segregated on reservations by the government, Native Americans are finally getting something back. Cold, hard cash. They deserve it. I do not gamble myself. I don't believe in spending money I don't have in the hopes of receiving money I didn't earn. Casinos, however, are not forcing anyone to come and support them, people are coming of their own free will. The road on reservation land between the 15 and Pala has been widened. The problem is that most reservations are out in the middle of nowhere. That is where we put them.

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