On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, a charter bus collision ended in multiple fatalities, in Merced County. The vehicle accident happened between Livingston and Atwater, on Highway 99, at about 3:30 AM.
An Autobuses Coordinandos passenger bus, carrying travelers from Mexico, was traveling on northbound State Route 99. The bus was carrying 30 people, and was scheduled to make a stop in Livingston.
For an unknown reason the bus veered off the highway and crashed into the Hammatt Avenue signage pole, just south of Livingston. The impact caused the pole to slice through the front of the bus and through several rows of seats, finally hitting the back axle.
Several people were ejected from the bus.
Five victims died at the scene.
Six other victims, including the driver; Mario David Vasquez, of Los Angeles, suffered severe injuries. They were airlifted to Modesto and Turlock hospitals, for treatment. Many remain in critical condition.
Others involved in the accident sustained minor to moderate injuries and were also taken to local hospitals.
It has been reported that the bus involved in the crash had been cited previously for three violations; including having prohibited aisle seats; parts and accessories violations; and a maintenance violation.
Our condolences go out to the family, and friends of these victims. If you would like this accident investigated further, please give me a call. Attorney John Rozier, your personal injury and wrongful death lawyer.