On the morning of October 24, seven people were injured in a collision between a car and a small Elk Grove Unified school bus, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The bus accident occurred about 7 a.m. on Wilton Road. Officials say that a southbound traveling Toyota Corolla, for unknown reasons, drove onto the northbound roadway directly into the path of the bus. The bus driver swerved in an attempt to evade the Corolla, but the bus got sideswiped, after which it proceeded to leave the roadway and overturn.
The Corolla hit another vehicle in the opposing lane before going over the side of the road and crashing into a tree.
Four special-needs students, an attendant, and the bus driver were on board the bus at the time of the incident. Fortunately, all of them were wearing seatbelts, so their injuries were not severe.
The female driver of the Corolla sustained major injuries.
The driver of the second vehicle that was hit was uninjured.
At this time, investigators are determining what caused the Corolla to drift into oncoming traffic.
While all signs are pointing to the driver of the Corolla as the sole at-fault party in this school bus accident, there are many cases in which one or more of the following parties may be held liable:
- Bus driver
- School district
- Private owner of the bus
- Private contractor
- Bus or bus parts manufacturer
- Third party maintenance and repair contractor
- Government entity responsible for roadway design and maintenance
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