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File photo: I-15 freeway near the California-Nevada state line.
A fatal crash shut down the northbound stretch of the 15 Freeway Saturday afternoon. CHP officials say the incident involved a tour bus and sedan, and said the freeway was backed up for over 20 miles near Baker, California.
Update 3:58 p.m.: 1 lane reopened on NB I-15
One lane of the northbound I-15 has been reopened after a grisly crash shut down the road Saturday morning, a California Highway Patrol official said Saturday.
But the news isn't all good. CBS Las Vegas reporter Patranya Bhoolsuwan says the back-up along the 15 has expanded:
Update 1:28 p.m.: 20 mile backup along I-15 after fatal collision
The Los Angeles Times reports at least one person was killed in the crash, which took place at around 10:30 a.m., and several passengers were injured:
The driver of the pickup was killed. The driver of the tour bus suffered a major leg laceration and was flown to a Las Vegas hospital. Five passengers on the bus suffered minor injuries and were to be transported to area hospitals.
Northbound traffic is being directed back to Barstow from Afton Road, where, the Times reports, drivers are being encouraged to use I-40 to get to Las Vegas.
The 15 Freeway serves as a major route between L os Angeles and Las Vegas.
CHP officials did not have an estimate for when the crash might be cleared.
This story has been updated.