The Harrah's Casino tour bus was being driven by a 63-year-old Hawaiian Gardens man who lost control of the bus in the 29500 block of Valley Center Road about 9:33 a.m., according to the CHP.
"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," CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said in a released statement.
The tour bus originated from Seal Beach and had 15 adults on board, according to the CHP. It was unknown if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, Bettencourt said.
Medics took the eight injured people, who had trauma ranging from a broken leg to bumps and bruises, to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Fallbrook Hospital. The most serious injury was a woman who suffered a broke femur, Bettencourt said.
The driver of the bus, operated by Silver State Coach Inc. of Placentia, told investigators he had lost control while driving about 35 mph on a curving stretch of road, Bettencourt said. The speed limit in the area is 55 mph, the officer said.
The crash happened about five miles from the casino.
The bus company makes several trips to casino daily, the CHP reported.