Wrong-way collisions are some of the most dangerous accidents to happen on our roadways because of the high chance for fatalities. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), most wrong-way collisions are caused by drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Other causes for a driver going the wrong direction include confusion in mostly elderly drivers, unclear pavement markings or signage, or confusing on and off-ramp designs.
The Fresno Bee reported on a collision in late March that may have been the result of a wrong-way school bus driver who was unfamiliar with her surroundings and got onto the highway in the wrong direction. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) the bus driver, a woman from Arkansas, was driving a brand new school bus southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 in Fresno on the evening of Thursday, March 29th.
The CHP said in a statement that the accident happened at approximately 11:00 p.m. when the bus driver, Dianne Bell of Little Rock, Arkansas was following behind another bus. She entered the northbound lanes of Highway 99 at the Golden State Boulevard off-ramp and began heading southbound. Bell crashed the 2019 Thomas school bus she was driving into a northbound 2008 Ford F-150 being driven by Marilyn Gorman of Bakersfield.
Paramedics from the Fresno Fire Department arrived on the scene of the collision and treated Gorman for her injuries. Bell was uninjured in the crash. CHP investigators say that impairment was not a factor in the crash. The cause of the accident is still currently under investigation.