Phoenix cheerleading bus struck by semi


6/30/2017 — Four people were injured in a fiery crash involving a big-rig and a charter bus carrying a group of cheerleaders near Mecca that closed westbound lanes of Interstate 10, backing up traffic for hours.
Among the injured were the bus driver, Manuel Valdivia of Phoenix, and three cheerleaders. All were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Initially reported as a non-injury crash, a CHP official later said that four of the roughly 30 bus passengers, ages 13 and younger, were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
The bus was headed home to Arizona from a cheerleading camp at UCLA, the CHP reported.
The crash occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on eastbound I-10 when Valdivia slowed the bus in the No. 1 lane as he approached stopped traffic. 
Truck driver Rene Aragon of Fontana was traveling in the eastbound No. 2 lane in a 2016 Volvo semi-truck with two trailers, at a speed too fast to stop, the CHP reported.
He hit the brakes and to avoid a collision turned the truck to the left, colliding with the rear of the tour bus, officials said.

Truck crosses median, enters opposite lanes

The truck continued across the wide center median and ended up blocking the westbound lanes of I-10. The bus was also pushed into the center divide but did not collide with any other vehicles.
Aragon got out of the truck safely, though it was initially reported he was trapped inside when it burst into flames.
One eastbound and both westbound lanes of the I-10 were closed for several hours while emergency crews worked. Traffic was backed up to Cottonwood, making it difficult for tow trucks to get through.
Just before 10 p.m., all lanes in both directions were open, though officials said vehicle removal would continue into Thursday as the investigation continues.