LOS ALAMOS Seven people were transported to the hospital after a passenger bus overturned Friday morning on Highway 101 just south of Los Alamos, authorities said.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department crews, along with American Medical Response and the California Highway Patrol, responded to the area around 5:30 a.m. The bus was traveling south on the 101 near Alisos Canyon Road at approximately 55 mph when the driver, Laura Mae Gish, 50, of Goleta, allowed the bus to drift to the right causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, according to the CHP.
The bus struck a tree, went down a dirt culvert and flipped on its side, the CHP said.
A total of 25 people were on the bus, which originated from the Davis area and was in route to the Santa Barbara Amtrak station. The occupants were scheduled to catch a train to San Diego, said Capt. Dave Zaniboni, fire spokesman.
All of those injured suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital via ground ambulance. Six patients were taken to Marian Regional Medical Center and the other was transported to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, he said.
The highway remained open following the crash.
An investigation determined Ms. Gish was under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested at the scene, the CHP said.