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UPDATE: As many as 13 reported dead after tour bus, truck crash in California

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DEVELOPING: At least 13 people are dead and several more were rushed to local hospitals after a tour bus collided with a semi-truck early Sunday morning in California.

The Riverside County Coroner's office confirmed the death toll to NBC Bay Area.

The crash occurred around 5 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the 10 Freeway at Indian Canyon in the Desert Hot Springs area. The big rig driver was unhurt, according to The Desert Sun.

“At this time, we know that there are multiple fatalities. We can’t give an amount because that number is going to change,” California Highway Patrol Officer Stephanie Hamilton said “There are approximately 31 passengers on the bus that were transported with minor to serious injuries."

The tour bus was identified as a USA Holiday bus. The Los Angeles-based company typically ferries people from LA to Southern California casinos, The Desert Sun reported.

Authorities shut down the freeway in the aftermath of the incident. Details on a possible cause of the crash were unclear.

Photos show the front of the passenger bus pushed into the semi-truck's trailer.

"The intrusion into the bus compartment is significant," Hamilton said.

Firefighters were using ladders placed near the bus' windows to pull out victims.

The Palm Springs hospital treated 14 patients, five in critical condition, three in serious condition and six with minor injuries. Palm Springs houses the valley's only trauma center, The Desert Sun Reported. All patients were adults.

A doctor at the hospital said it was the most victims he'd seen from a single incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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UPDATE: California Highway Patrol say at least 7 people dead in tour bus, semi-truck crash near Palm Springs.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- The California Highway Patrol says at least three passengers were killed when a tour bus and a semi-truck crashed on a highway in Southern California.

CHP Officer Stephanie Hamilton tells the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs that crews were searching the bus for more victims after the wreck early Sunday on Interstate 10 in Desert Hot Springs, near the desert resort town.

The newspaper reports at least 21 victims have been taken to Palm Springs-area hospitals.

Photos show the front of the passenger bus pushed into the semi-truck's trailer.

Hamilton says "the intrusion into the bus compartment is significant."

Firefighters are using ladders into the bus' windows to pull out victims.

The CHP says all westbound lanes of the highway are closed and traffic is being diverted.

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