SLO High school bus rear-ended on Hwy. 101 near Arroyo Grande

bcuddy@thetribunenews.comJanuary 24, 2013 

UPDATE 11:25 a.m.: San Luis Obispo High School principal Leslie O’Connor has confirmed that the bus was a San Luis Coastal bus carrying members of the boys’ soccer and girls’ junior varsity basketball teams.

O’Connor, who went to the scene of the accident, said one boy was treated at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for a minor injury and released to his parents.

The CHP has identified the bus driver as Julio Guerra and the driver of the Honda as Nicholas Marold.

Original story: The California Highway Patrol this morning continues to investigate a collision between a school bus and a Honda at 8 p.m. Wednesday that sent two people to local hospitals.

According to a preliminary CHP report, the school bus, carrying 36 passengers and two adults, was headed north on Highway 101 just south of Arroyo Grande. The bus began to experience mechanical difficulties, and the driver slowed, looking for an exit.

The driver of the 2003 Honda Accord ran his car into the back of the school bus, the CHP said. Both vehicles pulled off the road just north of the Grand Avenue exit.

The CHP said the driver of the Honda was taken to Arroyo Grande Hospital with major injuries. One adult and four students on the bus were treated at the scene for pain, and another student was taken to Sierra Vista Hospital, also for an injury that caused pain.

The CHP has not released the names of the drivers, nor have they said who was on the bus, where it was headed, or whether the youngsters on board were going to or coming from a school-related event.

The CHP said it has ruled out alcohol and drugs as possible causes.

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