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UPDATE: Many bus crash victims suffered facial injuries

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A trauma surgeon says many of those most severely wounded in a deadly tour bus crash in California suffered facial trauma but few broken bones, calling the injuries unusual for a high-speed vehicle wreck.

Dr. Ricard Townsend of Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs told reporters Sunday that the bus struck the collapsible trailer of a semi-truck, sending many of the likely unrestrained passengers flying through the air.

He called the widespread facial injuries a hallmark of those not wearing seat belts.

He says the injuries indicate the bus was slowing down at the point of impact.

Townsend says doctors treated several spine fractures but few other bone injuries.

Five patients are in intensive care but stable and about seven people have been released.

Several others are being transferred in from other hospitals or still being assessed in the emergency room.

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