A shuttle bus crash near Yosemite National Park left 16 people injured Saturday evening, said Sgt. Edward Greene of the California Highway Patrol.
Officers said a bus carrying 15 visitors, a tour guide and a driver was returning from a visit to the park on Highway 41 near Road 630 at 6:15 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, the bus driver, who was traveling about 40 mph, lost control.
The bus rolled onto an embankment, pushing the passenger side of the bus about four feet into the air and tossing several passengers to the driver's side of the bus and causing minor to moderate injuries, Greene said.
The driver managed to get the bus off the embankment and back on the road, but the bus then careened left off the road and hit a tree. It came to a stop with its rear tires two feet in the air.
"If the tree wasn't there to stop the bus, it would have continued down the ravine," Greene said.
The injured were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Clovis Community Medical Center and Madera Community Hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The bus driver was not hurt.