School bus, 2 big rigs and Dodge Charger in crash on Highway 99 in Merced, CHP says

Andrew Kuhn/akuhn@mercedsun-star.com

No injuries were reported Monday in a four-vehicle crash involving a school bus on a Merced highway, according to authorities.

Officers responded to southbound Highway 99 just after 2:30 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Zuniga.

According to Merced County Office of Education Communications and Public Relations Officer Nathan Quevedo, the collision involved a Merced Union High School district bus. Quevedo said the bus driver was the only person on board at the time of the collision and the driver was not injured. According to Quevedo, it appears the bus was rear-ended by a big rig which caused the bus to rear-end another vehicle.

Zuniga said the collision occurred in the number two southbound lane of Highway 99 just north of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The collision involved two big rigs, a Dodge Charger and the school bus, according to authorities. Authorities said no children were on board the school bus at the time of the collision and no injuries were reported.

Zuniga said the cause of the collision is unknown. According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, the roadway was reported clear at 3:13 p.m. and the vehicles were moved off the highway.