A fiery crash involving a tour bus early Saturday morning shut down northbound Highway 101 in South San Francisco for several hours.
The crash happened just before 1 a.m. south of Sierra Point and one person was killed and three others were injured.
California Highway Patrol Officer Bert Diaz said, “An early investigation showed that it was two separate collisions, the first of which involved three vehicles.”
Diaz said one of the vehicles was pushed into another lane and a tour bus that was traveling in that lane, crashed into it.
The driver of a Lincoln Navigator that was behind the tour bus, was unable to slow down and slammed into the back of the bus.
“Unfortunately the driver was pronounced deceased and soon after that all three vehicles engulfed in flames,” Diaz said.
In total, five cars were involved in the accident.
The tour bus was carrying choir students from Oakwood University in Alabama. The choir, known as the “Aeolians,” were set to perform Sunday at a San Francisco church.
All of the students were able to get out of the bus before it exploded into flames, but their clothing and personal belongings were destroyed.
Oakwood University sent out a tweet with information on how to donate to the choir.
Want to help members of the @TheAeolians that lost everything in the fire this morning? We have setup several ways that you can help : (1) Text to give: OAKS to 56512 Area of Support: Aeolians (2) Or visit https://t.co/tCAgNbEb3j.— Oakwood University (@OakwoodU) May 4, 2019
The university also released a state on the crash saying, “It’s grateful to the first responders.”
@oakwoodu Responds to Bus accident involving Aeolians in the San Francisco Area. We are grateful for God’s protective hands on our students and staff. pic.twitter.com/HhHDs96rzj— Oakwood University (@OakwoodU) May 4, 2019
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