Woman looking for earring crashes into back of stalled bus in SLO

Two people were injured in San Luis Obispo Friday when a Greyhound bus experiencing mechanical problems was struck from behind.

Passenger Andreya Alvizo, 19, whose city of residence was unknown, was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center by San Luis Ambulance to be treated for back pain, according to California Highway Patrol officials. Janelle Azevedo, 20, of Arroyo Grande, who was driving a Volkswagon Jetta, was also taken to the same hospital with a complaint of back and neck pain.

The collision happened around 8:30 a.m. on Highway 101 north when the bus’ engine light illuminated and it lost power. Bus driver Alexander Diamond, 59, of Sacramento, guided the bus to the California Boulevard off ramp where it stopped and blocked the off ramp.

Several minutes later Azevedo slammed into the rear of the bus. CHP officials said she had looked down for a second in search of an earring, and when she looked up she saw the bus but was unable to stop.

The remaining 26 passengers on the bus were not injured, CHP officials said.

- Leslie Parrilla

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