Truck hits school bus in heavy fog

January 15, 2009 2:57:55 PM PST
Fog and ice contributed to two injury collisions in Sonoma County this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A school bus was hit by a Toyota Tundra in heavy fog at the intersection of Llano Road and state Highway 116 south of Sebastopol around 6:20 a.m. There were no students aboard the 15-passenger bus, CHP Officer Jonathan Stout said.

The bus driver, Rian Studebaker, 21, did not see the stop sign at the intersection until it was too late, Stout said. The bus overturned onto its side when it was hit by the Toyota driven by Michael Kraska, 54, of Sebastopol.

Kraska suffered minor injuries and was taken to Palm Drive Hospital. Studebaker was not injured, the CHP said. Traffic was diverted away from the intersection for about an hour.

In another crash at around 9 a.m., Guerneville resident Nicole Gibbs, 18, suffered major head injuries when her 1995 Ford Mustang skid 150 feet and struck a tree on Bohemian Highway near Tyrone Road near the community of Monte Rio.

Gibbs was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition. Her 18-month-old daughter was properly restrained in a child safety seat and was not injured, Stout said.