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Two Dead, One Critical in Car vs. Bus Crash in Tulare County

Credit: KGPE CBS 47 Fresno
Published on October 2, 2019 -
Two Dead, One Critical in Car vs. Bus Crash in Tulare County
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Two Dead, One Critical in Car vs. Bus Crash in Tulare County

Lindsey: continiuing our coverage... we're learning more after a car and a bus collided in tulare county last night.

Two teenagers inside that car died.

The woman driving it has been identified as "jacinda eve avina."

She was just 18-years-old.

Lindsey: cbs47's connie tran spoke with her family... and has more from the scene of the crash.

Connie?

Jacinda's family was here just short time ago and set up this memorial in her honor.

Her brother says he doesn't know how his sister could have allegedly ran the stop sign.

But he says he's devastated over her loss.

And he's sending prayers to the family of the injured bus driver.

Who remains in critical condition.

Mangled pieces of metal.

Strewn across a front yard in tulare county.

It's hard to imagine this was once a bus.

And a car.

Karma avina, victim's brother it was just unreal; and i still don't think this is real; like everything's so unreal right now; it's just really devastatingkarma avina knelt down in prayer wednesday afternoon.

For his sister, 18- year old "jacinda avina".

Karma avina, victim's brother she was just a really sweet girl, she was kind.the california highway patrol says avina was driving a ford fiesta and had a passenger with her.

When she went through a stop sign at cartmill and oakmore.

And hit a bus.

Sgt.

Ryan pedersen - visalia chp the southbound fiesta was traveling in excess of the speed limit.

We don't have any presumption of intoxication or anything like that.

We don't know if they were distracted at this point visalia c-h-p sgt.

Ryan pedersen says both the car and the bus burst into flames.

A passerby pulled 48-year old "daniel johnson" out of the "tulare county rapid transit" bus while it was still on fire.

Johnson suffered serious burns.

And was rushed to crmc's burn unit.

Avina's car landed on it's roof and investigators say she was ejected from the vehicle.

Witnesses describe a loud explosion.

Ariana flores, witness i thought it was propane something they crashed into, or something with propanekarma says he doesn't know what caused his sister to crash.

But he does know what he'd say to her if he could see her again.

Karma avina, victim's brother i would just give her a really big hug and just tell her i love her; that's basically all i'd really do chp says the bus driver was actually a maintenance worker who was simply driving the bus from tulare for maintenance.

They say he underwent surgery for his burns this morning.

And again.

He remains in critical condition.

Live tonight in tulare

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