Fatal Bus Accident on Highway 59 in Merced
MERCED (April 14, 2017)
A deadly crash took place Friday morning on Highway 59 right in front of Castle Farms Inc. and just south of Nevada Street, per the Merced-Sun Star.
The incident was reported at precisely 6:19 a.m. involving a minivan and and a bus which had been carrying over 20 agricultural farming workers like all employed by Castle Farms Inc.
The incident was triggered by the driver of the minivan who had been driving erratically prior to veering from northbound lanes into southbound lanes in preparation to pass a slower moving bus up ahead. The bus began to slow down to make a left turn when the minivan struck the side of the bus causing it to turn on its side.
One of the men on board the bus identified as Fermin Martinez-Bonilla, 33, of Madera, was partially ejected and tragically sustained fatal injuries after being completely pinned underneath.
Meanwhile, the bus driver who was trapped inside the bus. He required assistance from the fire department to extricate and remove him before flying him via medical air ambulance to a trauma center as his injuries were described as being serious.
A total of seven additional involved motorists were injured in the collision all requiring transportation to local area hospitals in the Modesto area.
California Highway Patrol officials do not believe alcohol to have been involved while it is certain the minivan driver will be held liable.
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