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School Bus Accident in Citrus Heights

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On May 15, 2014 at approximately 9:50 a.m. a 55 year old male bus driver was driving a San Juan Unified School District school bus transporting students to a field trip at San Juan High School. 

 The school bus was traveling on southbound Mariposa Avenue and was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Greenback Lane.  The light turned green and the bus driver began to make a right turn onto westbound Greenback Lane.  The bus driver observed a pedestrian crossing in the crosswalk on Greenback Lane so he applied the brakes of the bus and stopped. A gold 2013 Mercedes SUV, driven by a 57 year old female from Citrus Heights, was behind the school bus.  Her vehicle was also stopped for the red light and began to proceed forward at the same time the bus did.  She observed the bus stop and attempted to apply her brakes but mistakenly pressed the accelerator of her vehicle.  The front of her vehicle struck the rear of the bus.

There were 62 kids on board, two teachers, two parents and the bus driver.  Twenty six of the students stated they were injured or complained of pain.  Fifteen were transported to local hospitals and eleven were released and will seek aid on their own if needed. No major injuries were reported.

Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a contributing factor in this collision.  This collision is still under investigation.