"It was hard to breathe in there, that is when I started panicking," Gutierrez said. "The smoke was everywhere like you could not see where you were going."
With the fire in the front of the bus and spreading, the quickest escape for Gutierrez was through a window.
"The window to the floor down, that is like a long jump and people were just panicking, so they were like throwing themselves out the window and I guess when I jumped out the window. I fell on my leg and now I can hardly walk ... but I am alive and that is what counts," he said.
Later, Gutierrez was tweeting from his hospital room with stitches above his eye and a sore leg, thankful that he survived the crash.
California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. expressed sympathy in a statement.
"As we mourn the loss of those who died, we join all Californians in expressing our gratitude for the tireless work of the Red Cross and emergency personnel who responded bravely to this terrible tragedy," Brown said.