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Local bus crash victims all members of same family

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NATIONAL CITY (CBS 8) - Days after the tour bus crash that killed seven people in San Bernardino County, more information has been revealed about three of the victims. They were all from the same San Diego family.

A grandmother, her daughter and her son died when the brakes on the bus appeared to malfunction. The bus hit a car and pickup before overturning.

Guadalupe Olivas' husband tried to hold on as the bus started rolling.

"The first time, he told me, they were still together, but in the second time, Guadalupe wasn't with him," said Bernadette Martinez a relative of the victims.

Guadalupe Olivas, a 61-year-old San Diego resident, died in the crash, along with her daughter 40-year-old Elvira Garcia Jimenez and her grandson, 13-year-old Victor Garcia.

Martinez of Chula Vista was the sister of Guadalupe Olivas. Jimenez was her niece and her great nephew was Garcia.

"He was a very happy boy, also very intelligent. And very sporty boy, always doing something," described Martinez.

They were on the bus with a group from the University of Baja California, where Jimenez, a doctor, taught classes.

"She was a great mother. She was always trying to give the best to her son," continued Martinez.

They had just spent the day playing in Big Bear, which was Olivas' first time in the snow.

"She was very excited about this trip to Big Bear with her daughter and grandson," Martinez said.

The bus was heading down the mountain - when the driver said to Olivas' husband - there was a problem.

"The driver told him, 'having trouble with brakes,' but everything will be fine," explained Martinez.

But the bus started picking up speed and just as passengers braced for the worst, it hit a car and went out of control, killing seven and injuring several more - some critically.

The NTSB is now investigating the crash - an investigation which will take them to the bus company's office in National City. They want to review the maintenance records of the bus and the driver's qualifications.

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