Calaveras County

Students injured when bus careens down highway embankment

Union Democrat staff

A charter bus accident on Highway 12 near Toyon Middle School on Wednesday afternoon resulted in minor injuries for five juvenile passengers and road closures for about three hours.

Jeffrey Nelson, 44, of Sacramento, was driving a 1997 MCI Bus westbound on Highway 12 east of Double Springs Road carrying 34 juveniles and four adult chaperones returning from a field trip to the Woodland area, a California Highway Patrol - San Andreas Area news release said.

At around 3:15 p.m., Nelson allowed the vehicle to travel down the north side of the road down a steep embankment and the bus came to rest at the bottom.

Five of the juvenile passengers were transported to Mark Twain Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Highway 12 was closed completely for about 30 minutes, the news release said, to retreive the passengers of the bus.

The road opened to one-way traffic control until 4:30 p.m., when the road was closed again to remove the bus from the bottom of the embankment.

While the road was closed, Caltrans set up detours.

The road was reopened at around 6:10 p.m.

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