Crash on Panama Rd. and Taft Hwy leads to major injuries

Posted at 12:35 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 17:12:34-04

UPDATE (08/14): According to CHP they believe one of the vehicles involved may have ran a red light. 

The big rig involved in the accident was headed northbound on Union Ave., the Buick auto was headed westbound on Panama Rd.

The Buick auto rolled backwards and struck the stationed GET bus. 

The Buick then accelerated forward, went over the center median, and hit a Honda Civic that was waiting at the stop light. The Buick then struck the bank. 

The Buick driver, a 42-year-old woman, suffered moderate to major injuries and left he scene unconscious. 

There were two minors in the car as well, a boy in the passenger seat left with moderate injuries and daughter in the back left the scene with moderate injuries as well. 

The big rig driver, 35 year-old male, was uninjured and the Honda driver, 56-year-old male, suffered minor injuries and had complaint of pain. 

Due to concerns about previous conditions, the GET bus driver was transported to the hospital.

There was an uninjured person in the bus as well. 

At this time it is unknown who exactly ran the red light. It has been determined alcohol and drugs were not a factor. 

The roadway was cleaned up due to spilled oil and fuel from the big rig.

Bank employees were removed for concerns on structure but were later told it was safe to return. 


Central Highway Patrol officers are investigating a crash between a bus, big rig, and vehicle on Taft Highway and Panama Road. 

There are reportedly major injuries due to the accident.

Check back for more updates.