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Tour bus companies loosely regulated in California




Firefighters help as a tour bus is towed out of a drainage ditch after the bus went off the shoulder of an Interstate 10 off-ramp in Baldwin Park, Calif. on Monday Dec. 23, 2013. The tour bus heading back from a Southern California casino crashed on a freeway east of Los Angeles early Monday, injuring 13 people, authorities said.
Firefighters help as a tour bus is towed out of a drainage ditch after the bus went off the shoulder of an Interstate 10 off-ramp in Baldwin Park, Calif. on Monday Dec. 23, 2013. The tour bus heading back from a Southern California casino crashed on a freeway east of Los Angeles early Monday, injuring 13 people, authorities said.
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In the past year, at least 10 people were killed -- and nearly 200 injured in tour bus crashes in Southern California.

Many of those accidents involved so-called casino buses.

The buses -- and their operators -- are loosely regulated.

This morning, in the first of two stories, KPCC's Ben Bergman reports on the casino bus boom.