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Workers prepare to haul away a tour bus that crashed with semi-truck on Interstate 10 just west of the Indian Canyon Drive off-ramp, in Desert Hot Springs, near Palm Springs, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The tour bus and a semi-truck crashed on the highway in Southern California early Sunday, killing at least a dozen of people and injuring at least 30 others, some critically, the California Highway Patrol said. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Pena)

The death toll in the California tour bus wreck continues to rise


UPDATE 5:23 p.m. 

The death toll from the tour bus crash in Palm Springs, California, has risen to 13, California Highway Patrol Chief Jim Abele said in a press conference Sunday. 

The bus driver was among those killed. 

Thirty-one people were injured in the crash. It is still unclear what caused the wreck. 

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WATCH: A tour bus collided with a semi-truck killing at least 11 people. 

At least 11 people have passed away after a tour bus driving through the desert hot springs near Los Angeles collided with a semi-truck earlier this morning, reports The Desert Sun

Of the passengers on the bus, 31 were transported to hospitals with minor to severe injuries, according to authorities. The driver of the semi-truck was unhurt. 

All traffic on the freeway where the crash occurred has stopped. 

The tour bus belongs to a company called USA Holiday, which generally ferries people from Los Angeles to casinos in southern California.

It's unclear where exactly the bus was coming from. 

The company has posted about trips it makes on its Facebook page, but no trip has been promoted on social media since mid-September. 

Some have taken to social media to offer prayer for the departed. 

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