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Winter weather resulted in a school bus sliding off Brunswick Road near Highway 174, preceding a three-vehicle collision that left one student with minor injuries Monday afternoon.

Soon thereafter, however, just down the road, an unidentified man was found dead near the Cedar Ridge Y at Highway 174 and Brunswick Road.

Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Department Chief Jim Bierwagen said the man, who appeared to be in his 70s, apparently got out of his car at the scene of the school bus accident on Brunswick Road. The man then apparently died of a heart attack and collapsed into the ditch, Bierwagen said.



“We were doing traffic control and a guy drove up and said ‘There’s a guy in the ditch all blue in the face,'” Bierwagen said.

Authorities were investigating and attempting to identify the man late Monday.




The Union Hill Elementary school bus slipped off Brunswick Road due to treacherous conditions caused by the snow, said Officer Earl Cummins of California Highway Patrol in Grass Valley. The bus ended up sideways, partially blocking the southbound traffic lane, Cummins said.

A red 2006 Hummer that was heading south slowed to avoid the school bus, then a white 1999 Jeep Cherokee behind the Hummer went off the right side of the road, striking both the Hummer and the right side of the school bus, Cummins said.

An 8-year-old girl sitting on the right side of the bus suffered minor injuries above one eye as a result of the collision, said Cummins, but none of the other 10 students on board were injured.

Cummins said the matter is pending investigation.

Monday’s blast of winter weather brought snow levels as low as 2,000 feet over portions of the Sierra Foothills, according to the National Weather Service. Several inches of snow were expected to accumulate overnight in the Sierra Nevada, where a winter weather advisory remained in effect throughout the evening.

Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers, the weather service reported. High temperatures are expected to reach 25 to 35 degrees at higher elevations and 36 to 44 degrees at lower elevations. Partly cloudy skies are expected tonight through Thursday night.

– Senior staff writer Dave Moller contributed to this story

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To reach staff writer Josh Singer, e-mail joshs@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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