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Homeland hydroplane crash leaves 14 hospitalized

Emergency personnel surround the scene of a bus crash on Highway 74 in the Homeland area of Riverside County Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

December 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Riverside County officials say 14 people were hospitalized after a bus hydroplaned and barreled into oncoming traffic in the Homeland area Thursday.

Officials say the Riverside Transit Agency bus was traveling westbound on Highway 74 near Perris at speeds of 45 mph when it began to hydroplane just before 9 a.m.

The bus reportedly veered into oncoming traffic, colliding with a Pontiac sedan.

Four vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tow truck.

Fourteen people were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

The driver of the car, a 48-year-old, was among those hospitalized.

The CHP said the bus was carrying 22 passengers, plus the driver, who was not hurt.

Officials are trying to determine whether or not the bus may have experienced brake failure due to the wet roads.