Accidents involving buses and other vehicles can involve serious or even fatal injuries. A recent three-vehicle crash in Capitola earlier this week has left one person dead and a number of others injured.
The Register Pajaronian reported on its website that the fatal accident happened Tuesday morning at approximately 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of 41st and Clares Street when a Santa Cruz Metro bus collided with a Ford utility van and another passenger vehicle.
During the crash, the van was forced off of the road and onto the sidewalk in front of a Mattress Firm store in the vicinity. The wreckage of the passenger vehicle was left in the center of the intersection while the bus pulled off to the right-hand side of the road.
Law enforcement officers with the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department and the Capitola police along with Central firefighters were at the scene of the crash. Firefighters used a tarp to cover the mangled wreckage of the sedan and its single occupant who had been declared dead at the scene.
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Authorities have not stated how many people were on board the Metro bus at the time of the crash or how many might have been injured. At least one person who was involved in the crash was airlifted to Dominican Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Neither their identity or current condition has been released.
Sgt. Cliff Sloma with the Capitola Police said in a statement that the cause of the crash is still currently under investigation.