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Woman dies in head-on crash with Wheatland Unified School bus near Beale

Twenty school children were on a Wheatland Unified School District bus when a black Chevrolet pickup crossed the double yellow lines and struck the bus on Chuck Yeager Road on Thursday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene.
Photo by Monica Vaughan |

A Wheatland Unified School bus carrying 20 students was involved in a head-on fatal collision Thursday on Chuck Yeager Road near Hammonton-Smartsville Road.

The driver of a black Chevrolet pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name was not released.

All others involved survived, including a 9-year-old girl who was riding in the truck. She was transported by helicopter to an area hospital, said California Highway Patrol Capt. Shon Harris.



Four student bus passengers were also transported by ambulance to area hospitals for general pain. Other students, who were looked over by medical personnel, complained of headaches, bloody lips and general soreness.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 3:45 p.m. and closed traffic in both directions.




Initial reports led officials to believe the pickup was southbound when it traveled over the double yellow line, Harris said.

The left front of the pickup struck the left front of the school bus, which was traveling north at 45 mph. The bus came to a stop up an embankment.

Fire and emergency personnel on scene included the CHP, Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, Linda Fire Department, Beale Air Force Base Fire Department, Grass Valley Fire Department, Marysville Fire Department, Bi-County Ambulance and Reach Air Medical Services.

Vaughan Is a reporter with the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.


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