Car Collides with Berkeley School Bus

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday April 15, 2008

A red Pontiac Firebird collided head on with a Berkeley public school bus carrying five students from John Muir Elementary School at 3:50 p.m. Friday. 

According to a Berkeley Police Department report, the Firebird was headed southbound on California at Stuart streets and had a young girl riding on the hood of the car. 

The school bus was north bound on California at Stuart. 

When the Firebird’s driver turned left to head east, the car struck the bus on its front left and became stuck under it. 

Berkeley Fire Department paramedics, five Berkeley police officers, two Berkeley traffic control officers and three California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers responded to the accident. 

Berkeley police rescued the driver. No one in the car was injured. None of the five students on the bus was injured. 

Although the bus driver suffered an injury to his lower back, he denied medical transportation. He was later sent to Kaiser’s emergency department.