By Max Ehrenfreund
Two people were killed and eight others sent to the hospital today after a pickup truck and a bus carrying a group of people with cerebral palsy collided head-on in Yolo County.
The small bus belonging to United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento was traveling northbound on County Road 102 at about 2:43 p.m. when it was hit by a white Ford F250 pickup traveling southbound. According to a California Highway Patrol spokesman, witnesses said the truck drifted across the center line into the northbound lane.
Identities of the victims were not immediately available.
"Passengers on the bus are afflicted by the disease and have difficulty being able to communicate," said Officer Bryan Konvalin, public information officer for the CHP.
Konvalin said two of the injured bus passengers were airlifted from the scene. One was transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael and the other to Kaiser Permanente South Medical Center.
The bus driver and the other passengers were treated at the scene and transported by ground to various hospitals.
The California Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is on the scene. County Road 102 will be closed four to six hours while the team investigates.