Update August 23, 2016 @9:50 a.m.
SALTON CITY – A 1997 Peterbuilt tandem semi-truck driven by Maurice Hernicx, 62, Perris, Ca, carrying a full load of manure southbound on Highway 86, crashed into the Border Patrol checkpoint inspection station at approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday morning hitting a bus.
Multiple agencies responded to the scene.
According to first responders at the scene, the truck was heading south on Highway 86 when it blew the left front tire. The Peterbuilt veered to the left, crossing the dirt median into the oncoming lanes at the junction of Highway 86 and Highway 78, heading directly for the Border Patrol inspection station. The driver rolled the truck on its side to avoid hitting the inspection station head on. It slid across the northbound lanes over to the inspection station and into a 1999 Peterbuilt stopped at the checkpoint. The 1997 Peterbuilt then stuck a tour bus, then a Department of Homeland security truck. The passenger bus was undergoing an immigrant inspection at the time.
The entire load of manure was spilled at the inspection center.
The following were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital: Tour bus – Martha Mercado, 44, Esperanza Hernandez,61, Rosa M. Saldivas, 63, Leyla Velasquez, 35 Leticia Aravelos, 50, and Katalina Macias Jimenez, 54. 1997 Peterbuilt driver Maurice Herincx. Injuries appeared minor, with complaints of pain to body.
No Border Patrol agents were injured.
The accident is under investigation.[envira-gallery id=”83087″]