The fatal crash of a bus carrying French tourists near Soledad is the latest in a series of recent fatal bus accidents in northern California. The deaths have prompted calls for stronger regulation of the industry.
The U.S. Department of Transportation maintains detailed statistics on bus and large truck accidents through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. There are state-by-state numbers of fatal crashes and fatalities involving buses for the period 1994-2007. In 2007, 322 people died in 277 separate U.S. incidents. In California in 2007, 40 died in 36 incidents.
FMCSA also provides an interactive map which plots fatal bus accidents anywhere in the country (years 2003-2007). It has a zoom function that allows you to see exactly where the crash happened. Both the map and data are downloadable.