- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ATWATER, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a deadly California bus crash (all times local):

1 p.m.

A daughter of one of the four people killed in a central California bus crash says he was a family man who deeply loved his four children.

Eva Maria Morales wept Wednesday as she talked about her father, Jose Morales Bravo. She says he was a good and loving father who enjoyed nothing more than being around his children.

Eva Morales lives on Catalina Island off the Los Angeles coast. Two of her siblings live in Washington state and the other lives in Jalisco, Mexico.

She says her parents, also of Catalina, made sure to visit all their children at least once a year and had most recently left for Washington.

Bravo’s wife also was seriously injured in the crash. Her family says she’s expected to survive her injuries but is emotionally devastated.


12:15 p.m.

Experts from the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a bus crash that killed four people and injured 23 on a central California highway.

Senior highway accident investigator Don Karol said Wednesday that it’s not known what occurred immediately before Tuesday’s crash and that the NTSB will be working with the California Highway Patrol to find out.

The driver survived, but officials haven’t been able to speak to him because of his injuries.

Authorities say there were 27 people on the bus, including the driver. Besides the passengers who died, seven suffered major injuries, three had moderate injuries and 13 received minor injuries.


10:30 a.m.

A central California sheriff who also serves as his county’s coroner says a bus crash on a rural highway killed four people, not five.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke 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.

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