Highway accident: Both drivers were injured Tuesday night when a car and a school bus crashed into a retaining wall on a Highway 37 onramp in Vallejo.
• A school bus exited Highway 37 and was making a left turn onto Highway 29.
• A car ran a red light on Highway 29 and crashed into the school bus.
• Both vehicles then crashed into a retaining wall.
• Both drivers were injured.
Witnesses told California Highway Patrol officers that the school bus exited Highway 37 and was making a left turn onto Highway 29 when an Acura traveling northbound on Highway 29 ran a red light.
The Acura crashed into the school bus, which was not carrying any passengers. The impact forced both vehicles into a retaining wall on an adjacent Highway 37 ramp.
The bus driver was transported to a hospital to be treated for “minor injuries” he suffered in the accident. (See description of minor injuries below.)
The Acura driver was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency workers. He also was taken to a hospital.
Authorities said there were no passengers on the school bus and no other injuries were reported.
What is a minor injury?
Police and firefighter classifications of “minor injuries” can be misleading. Even a so-called “minor” injury may be far more serious than it initially appears and can have a major impact on the victim’s life. Some injuries aren’t even evident until days or weeks after an accident.
Injuries that are designated as “minor” may include whiplash, strains, sprains, lacerations, and bone fractures. All of these types of injuries may vary in severity.
* Whiplash, for example, is neck injury caused by sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head, as often occurs in car accidents, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It may not be noticed for several days, yet it can cause stiffness and numbness in the head, neck, back, shoulders, and arms. The initial symptoms may appear to go away and then return for months or even years, according to the NIH report.
* Strains and sprains are soft tissue injuries. Strains can cause pain, muscle spasms, swelling, and trouble moving the muscle, according to the NIH. Sprains involve pain, swelling, bruising, and being unable to move the joint. Initial treatment often requires taking time off work to rest the injury, sometimes followed by longer-term physical therapy.
* Lacerations include cuts, tears, and puncture wounds. A variety of factors determine how quickly a laceration may heal. Infection is always a risk with a laceration, and this risk can be particularly dangerous for diabetics. Even minor lacerations may cause permanent scars.
* Bone fractures are very common in car accidents. They can be extremely painful, and may involve swelling, bruising, or bleeding as well as numbness, tingling, and the inability to move a limb. Some fractures require surgery to implant plates, pins, or screws to keep the bone in place. The impact of a fracture on daily activities is immediate and often disabling. Follow-up surgery and physical therapy may stretch the recovery period to months.
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