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Three Dead in United Cerebral Palsy Transport Bus Collision in Davis

By Kelly Balamuth on July 18, 2012

According to a report in The Sacramento Bee, a Ford pickup truck that drifted into oncoming traffic collided head-on with a transport bus in Davis on July 11. The bus, which was a transport bus for the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) organization, was transporting seven developmentally disabled adults back to their residences after a day program in Woodland. The bus was travelling northbound on County Road 102 when the Ford F-250, which was travelling southbound, crossed the center line and collided with the transport bus head-on.

The exact cause of this California traffic accident is still under investigation, but the California Highway Patrol notes that the “Ford was in close proximity to the bus, giving [the driver] no time to react.” The 35-year-old female driver of the transport bus is listed as unstable and in critical condition and is receiving treatment at the UC Davis Medical Center. She will be undergoing surgery for her injuries.

Two of the bus passengers died as a result of their injuries, including a 48-year-old Woodland resident who died two days following the crash and a 35-year-old Davis woman who sadly died at the scene of the accident. The Davis woman was a UCP employee who worked onboard to assist passengers. The driver of the pickup truck, a man in his 50’s according to the report, also died at the scene of the accident.

The other passengers in the UCP bus suffered a wide range of injuries in the accident. All of the passengers onboard the bus are Woodland residents, with three being in wheelchairs. UCP has clients who have a range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and autism. The UCP operates 45 buses that travel a total of 4,500 miles daily in Sacramento and surrounding counties, and the chief operations officer for the group states nothing like this accident has occurred in the 32 years she has been with the organization.

The sudden loss of a loved one is devastating for the family and friends left behind, and it is also a confusing time that can leave loved ones asking what went wrong. The Sacramento wrongful death attorneys at Balamuth Law understand how difficult coping with the aftermath of a fatal accident can be and can help you determine what went wrong. If any party is found to be negligent, we will pursue compensation that can help a family recover and pay for the unexpected costs that may arise. To see how we can assist you and your family, call (888) 254-1234.

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