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CHP: Driver who couldn’t find brake sideswipes school bus in Yuba City

A school bus with four students aboard was sideswiped at a Yuba City intersection when a woman driving a 1986 Buick reportedly was unable to find her vehicle’s brake pedal.

The crash occurred about 10:50 a.m. at Clark Avenue and Bridge Street. The school bus was stopped in the northbound lane of Clark Avenue south of Bridge Street, and a Honda CRV was stopped behind it. A 78-year-old woman driving the Buick was also northbound, approaching the stopped vehicles from the rear. The woman told officers that she saw the stopped traffic ahead, but could not find the brake pedal to stop safely and she started hitting things, according to a CHP news release.

The woman steered her vehicle to the right, sideswiping the passenger sides of both the Honda CRV and the bus, then sideswiped a telephone pole. The Buick came to rest on its wheels in front of the bus on northbound Clark Avenue, partially in the intersection of Bridge Street.

The driver of Buick was transported to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville complaining of pain. Neither her 81-year-old female passenger nor occupants of the other vehicles were injured.