Merced County Sheriff-Coroner says Bus Crash Killed 4, Not 5

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MERCED COUNTY (AP) --Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, who also serves as his county's coroner, says a bus crash on a rural highway killed four people, not five.

The sheriff gave the new total Wednesday after canvassing hospitals and checking with coroner's officials in a neighboring county. He says he knows of no deaths among those taken to hospitals.

Shortly after Tuesday's crash, a California Highway Patrol officer at the scene said five people died.

The bus struck the pole of a road sign, and it tore through the seating area. The sheriff says there were dismemberments.

Warnke says the dead include a married couple from Mexico who were traveling to visit a daughter in Pasco, Washington, and a man from Avalon, California, whose spouse is hospitalized.

A fourth victim is only identified as a man in his late 30s whose family is being sought through a Mexican consulate.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.