El Sobrante accident involving school bus injures 15, two critically

San Pablo mom and children saved by smoke detector

More than a dozen people were injured, with two suffering major injuries, in an accident involving multiple vehicles including a school bus on San Pablo Dam Road at Lois Lane Tuesday morning.

Seven children in the bus suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for evaluation in the crash first reported on social media by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District at about 8:30 a.m. A pregnant school bus driver also suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital to be evaluated, officials said.

The two people who were critically injured were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Fire Inspector Steve Aubert told the Bay City News wire service.

San Pablo Dam road remained closed for several hours after the crash.

This was Bay City News’ description of what led to the crash, citing a report from the California Highway Patrol:

“A Volkswagen Beetle was traveling north on San Pablo Dam Road in the far left lane with a Chevrolet Silverado behind it. Both were approaching Lois Lane as a school bus was traveling south on San Pablo Dam Road in the far left lane and a Ford F-150 was beside
it, traveling in the same direction. CHP officials said the Volkswagen suddenly slowed to nearly a stop and the Chevy truck couldn’t slow down quickly enough to avoid hitting it.
The impact pushed the Volkswagen into the southbound lanes in front of the Ford, which T-boned it. The driver of the Ford lost control, causing the Ford to spin out in front of the school bus, prompting the bus to collide with the Ford head-on.”