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Trucker charged in Palm Springs bus crash that killed 13 is extradited to California

By in Press Enterprise on November 21, 2017

By City News Service

A truck driver involved in a collision with a tour bus in Palm Springs that killed 13 people and injured 31 others was brought back to Riverside County to face more than 40 felony and misdemeanor counts, including vehicular manslaughter, officials confirmed Monday.

Bruce Guilford, 51, of Covington, Georgia, who was arrested Oct. 19, was transported from his home state and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on Friday night, according to county jail records.

Investigators determined that Guildford fell asleep at the wheel in the early-morning hours of Oct. 23, 2016, minutes before a tour bus slammed into the rear of his rig on westbound Interstate 10. Teodulo Elias Vides of Alhambra, owner of the USA Holiday bus company, was killed, along with a dozen of his passengers riding near the front of the bus. Most of the victims, who had boarded the bus in Los Angeles’ Koreatown for a trip to a casino in the desert town of Thermal, were from the LA area.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded last month that both Guildford and Vides were sleep-deprived.

On the day of the crash, Guilford was on his second round trip within two weeks from Eufaula, Alabama, to Salinas, according to an arrest warrant declaration prepared by California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Parent. Guilford had previously driven the route from Oct. 8 to Oct. 18, then departed again on a second trip starting Oct. 19.

Parent alleged that Guilford violated maximum driving-time regulations and tried to hide the violations by falsifying his driver’s daily log. The nearly nonstop driving he allegedly undertook resulted “in acute sleep deprivation,” Parent wrote.

Guilford was “not the party determined to be most at fault for this collision” — Vides was — but his falling asleep behind the wheel […]    

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