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Update 3:30 a.m.:
Cal Fire has confirmed the bus involved in the crash was a tour bus carrying members of the road crew for country singer Josh Turner.
Turner was in the area performing at Vina Robles Amphitheater on Wednesday night. Cal Fire spokesman Adan Orozco said Turner and his band were on separate buses from the one that crashed. Turner was not injured, Orozco said.
According to Orozco, the bus appears to have turned off the roadway and fallen down a 100 foot embankment before landing below.
“We’re not sure why it went over,” he said, noting that CHP is investigating the cause of the crash.
Orozco said six patients were transported to local hospitals, while one person with major injuries was airlifted to a trauma center in Fresno. He confirmed they were members of Turner’s road crew team.
The highway was briefly blocked off while emergency crews attempted to extricate patients, but as of 3:30 a.m. it has reopened and traffic is once again moving, Orozco said.
He urged morning drivers to still be cautious in the area.
One person is dead in a fatal late night bus crash near Shandon on Wednesday.
Cal Fire responded to what it called a “mass casualty incident” involving a passenger bus off the roadway around 11:45 p.m., according to a tweet from the agency late Wednesday.
The bus appears to have driven off Highway 46 near McMillan Canyon Road, according to CHP’s traffic incident report page.
Cal Fire said one person was killed in the crash, and seven people injured. Two of the patients had major injuries, the others moderate, according to Cal Fire.