May 19, 2011 – According to reports three Army transport buses and a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy bus carrying 25 inmates and 2 guards were involved in a chain reaction bus crash. The crash occurred at approximately 11:50 a.m. on the I-5 Freeway in Commerce in the vicinity of the Commerce Casino and south of Washington Boulevard.
The four buses were traveling in the northbound lanes when a car in front of the bus carrying inmates slammed on its brakes, according to Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque. According to the California Highway Patrol eight people were injured in the crash, one Army soldier was critically injured.
Five other Army personnel suffered minor injuries and two inmates sustained minor injuries. Another Sheriff’s Department bus was sent to transport the inmates that were not injured. The I-5 Freeway was closed while the accident was cleared and the inmates were transferred onto another bus.