Santa Maria School Bus Crash
Another school bus crash in Santa Maria has resulted in injuries. The driver and three students had to be hospitalized last Wednesday after a farm truck’s loose fertilizer arm struck the front of their bus. The bus driver, 44-year-old Yolanda Zepeda, suffered major injuries and was immediately taken to Marian Regional Medical Center. Additionally, a bystander was also treated for injuries.
According to the Santa Maria Times, Righetti High School Students Morgan Garten, Julisa Gutierrez and Koby Ernst suffered injuries from the crash. Zepeda was listed in good condition as of Wednesday evening. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred just before 7:00 a.m.
The agricultural truck, driven by 25-year-old Hugo Medina, was headed south on Foxen Canyon Road when the fertilizer arm extended into the northbound lane. The contraption crashed into the front of the bus and knocked Zepeda unconscious. The bus continued traveling along Orcutt-Garey Road, before it went over an embankment. It then crashed through a fence and hit a tree. First responders worked for over an hour to free Zepeda, who was trapped behind the wheel. As of Wednesday afternoon, at least two of the students were released from the hospital.