A man who slammed his SUV into a Beaumont Unified school bus Monday morning was taken to the hospital with "life threatening head injuries," the California Highway Patrol reports.
The crash happened just before 8 a.m., on Cherry Valley Blvd, west of Fabian Lane, according to CHP Spokesman Officer Darren Meyer.
The bus-- which was carrying four high school students and one adult special needs assistant-- was parked along the shoulder of Cherry Valley, waiting for the arrival of a student, according to Meyer.
same time, a 1972 Jeep Commando was traveling eastbound on Cherry Valley
Avenue, approaching the rear of the bus at approximately 60 MPH," he reported in a news release.
"For reasons yet to be determined, the driver of
the Jeep allowed his vehicle to drift onto the paved shoulder," Meyer said. "The driver’s side of the Jeep collided with
the right rear corner of the school bus. The force of the impact caused major
driver side space intrusion to the Jeep."
The driver of the Jeep, identified as 26-year-old Ryan Shaw of Cherry Valley, had to be cut out from the wreckage by Cal Fire crews. He was taken to Loma Linda Medical Center with "life threatening head injuries," according to Meyer.
Meyer said that the bus driver, adult passenger and students
on the school bus were not injured, as the bus did not even budge from it's position and only "... sustained moderate rear end damage."