2013-02-14 / Front Page

CHP says speed was a factor in bus crash

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

The California Highway Patrol now says that driving too fast for conditions was a factor in Tuesday afternoon's school bus crash near Coulterville.

The CHP's Sonora office, which investigated the incident, released a statement late Wednesday that indicates driver Mike Brocchini, 63, was traveling around 20 to 30 miles per hour at the time of the crash. Because the road was snow covered, CHP says that speed was excessive for conditions.

The Mariposa County Unified School District transportation department confirmed on Monday that the bus Brocchini was driving was equipped with tire chains, and that several students and the driver were wearing seat belts.

No one was seriously injured in the accident. The students were headed home from Mariposa County High School to the Coulterville and Greeley Hill areas when the weather took a quick turn for the worst.

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