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Wednesday, 05 December 2007 01:00

New Information Regarding the Hwy 88 Multi-Vehicle Collision Released

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slide13CHP officials are now saying that a Honda Pilot that had drifted into oncoming traffic sideswiped the San Francisco-bound tour bus.  The Honda Pilot scraped down the length of the bus, causing the bus to veer out of control into the eastbound lanes, where it hit the 2008 Dodge pickup driven by a Stockton man head-on, the CHP said. The pickup driver, 75-year old James Wise, was killed and the bus overturned. After hitting the bus, the Honda spun out of control and hit head-on into a Toyota Camry traveling behind the bus.

Both drivers were hospitalized with major injuries. A Toyota Scion behind the Camry swerved to avoid colliding with the Honda and ran off the road.  Eight passengers on the bus suffered minor to moderate injuries. In all, 4 people were airlifted to nearby hospitals with major injuries and 8 were transported by ambulance with minor to moderate injuries. The crash occurred at about 6:30 on Sunday evening east of Bamert Rd near the Amador - San Joaquin County line. Emergency crews, sheriff’s deputies and highway worked for hours assisting victims, getting the bus upright and investigating the crash – Highway 88 was closed in both directions until 2 am. The tour bus was returning to San Francisco after a day at the Jackson Rancheria Casino. At airtime, this collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. Bill Lavallie contributed to this story

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