October 14, 2015- A multiple vehicle collision caused by a dust storm, occurred on Wednesday, in Fresno County, at around 3:40 PM. The accident occurred between a school bus and three other vehicle, on Highway 43, near Laton.
A school bus, from Laton Unified School District, was northbound on Hwy 43, north of Cairo Avenue, with 28 students on board.
The Thomas Built bus slowed down on the highway, because of a thick dust cloud, that had blown over from a nearby orchard harvest. The vehicle did not brake in time, and hit the back of a 1998 Ford Explorer SUV. The Sport Utility Vehicle was propelled off the roadway and into some plum trees.
A 2000 Chevy Tahoe, driven by Jose Aceves, of Selma, then smashed into the rear of the bus, and a Kenworth big rig hit the back of the pickup truck.
Aceves suffered major injuries, including two broken legs. He was taken by helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center, in Fresno.
The Explorer’s driver was also hurt. He was taken by ambulance to CRMC. One child on the school bus was minorly injured.