Friday, October 20, 2017

Trucker arrested for California bus crash that killed 13

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, workers prepare to haul away a tour bus that crashed with semi-truck on Interstate 10 just west of the Indian Canyon Drive off-ramp, near Palm Springs, in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. No signs, lighting or reduced speed limit were required for utility work done on a stretch of Southern California freeway where the tour bus slammed into the truck, killing 13 people, according to documents released Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

The driver of a big-rig charged in a California bus crash that killed 13 people last year has been arrested.

The Riverside County district attorney's office says 51-year-old Bruce Guilford was arrested Thursday in Georgia by a U.S. Marshals Service task force.

He was charged a day earlier with vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving.

It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Guilford's tractor-trailer had stopped for construction work on Interstate 10 in the Palm Springs area last Oct. 23 but prosecutors say he failed to move when the road reopened.

A bus carrying passengers from a desert casino back to Los Angeles rear-ended the truck, killing 13 on board and injuring 29.

Prosecutors say Guilford had fallen asleep after sleeping only seven hours in the 24 hours before the crash.