GERBER, Calif. - Four people were injured Friday morning when a pickup truck collided with a school bus in Tehama County.
The collision happened just before 7:30 a.m. on Highway 99W at Rodeo Avenue in the Gerber area.
According to a news release from the CHP, the bus was southbound on Highway 99W and slowed to make a right turn on Rodeo Avenue.
The driver of a 2004 Nissan pickup, 27-year-old Darren Cox of Red Bluff, was distracted by his passenger and did not realize the bus had slowed in front of his vehicle. The pickup slammed into the back of the school bus.
A passenger in the pickup, 24-year-old Melissa Whatley of Red Bluff, suffered major injuries and was taken by helicopter to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.
The driver of the school bus, 47-year-old Ronda Dimitriadis, also suffered major injuries and was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.
Darren Cox, and a 13-year-old boy in the bus suffered minor injuries and were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital.
The bus belongs to the Gerber Elementary School District. The CHP said all the parties were wearing their seat belts.
Superintendent Jenny Marr said there were five students on the bus at the time of the collision. Marr said the 13-year-old student was back in class by mid-morning.
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