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First lawsuit filed in deadly casino bus crash

Candles at the curbside pickup spot on Olympic Boulevard in Koreatown for the tour bus company that was involved in a crash that left 13 dead.
Candles at the curbside pickup spot on Olympic Boulevard in Koreatown for the tour bus company that was involved in a crash that left 13 dead.
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The families of two men who died in a California bus crash are suing the bus company and the estate of its driver, who was among the 13 people killed.

Attorneys for the families of Gustavo Garcia and Tony Mai filed a wrongful-death suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against USA Holiday and the estate of bus company owner and driver Teodulo Elias Vides.

Efforts to reach the company and Vides' family for comment weren't successful.

The suit is the first in Sunday's crash on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs. The bus was heading back to Los Angeles from Red Earth Casino.

The California Highway Patrol says the bus was traveling at "freeway speeds" when it slammed into a semitrailer moving at 5 mph because of utility work.