Church bus with teens aboard slides off California road

This video image provided by CBS2/KCAL9 News shows rescue efforts after a school bus carrying up to 25 children aboard slid over the side of a highway in a Southern California ski area near Twin Peaks, Calif., after colliding with a Nissan Murano traveling the opposite direction.
This video image provided by CBS2/KCAL9 News shows rescue efforts after a school bus carrying up to 25 children aboard slid over the side of a highway in a Southern California ski area near Twin Peaks, Calif., after colliding with a Nissan Murano traveling the opposite direction. CBS2/KCAL9 News/AP Photo

A bus carrying members of a Korean church home from a weekend retreat in Southern California slid off a mountain highway after colliding with another vehicle, killing one person, officials said.

The victim was one of 22 people on the bus late Monday morning when it collided with a Nissan Murano traveling in the opposite direction on Highway 189 in the San Bernardino Mountains and slid 50 feet down a mountainside after hitting a power pole about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, California Highway Patrol Officer Mario Lopez said.

Daniel Lee, deacon at the Pasadena-based Light of Love Mission Church, said the bus was returning from a retreat at the Pinecrest Christian Conference Center near the accident site. He said most participants were middle-school or high-school aged.

Lopez would not say whether the person who died was a church participant or the bus driver. The other bus occupants and the two people in the other vehicle were hospitalized.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said earlier that the other car was a San Bernardino County Fire Department vehicle, but Lopez said the vehicle was privately owned. He had no details about the identities of that vehicle's occupants.

© 2011 The Associated Press.

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