Motorcycle Driver Dies In Natomas Crash With School Bus

Photo by Marc Laver

The scene of today’s accident. / Photo by Marc Laver

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A motorcyclist died when his vehicle crashed into a Twin Rivers Unified School District bus at 7 a.m. this morning in Natomas.

The collision occurred at the uncontrolled intersection of San Juan Road and Tumbleweed Way, CHP spokesman Todd Van Lindt said.

The bus, which carried 12 Grant High School students at the time of the accident, was headed southbound on Tumbleweed Way, according to Van Lindt. The bus had stopped at the intersection and proceeded to turn eastbound onto San Juan Road, he said.

That’s when the motorcycle – which had been traveling westbound on San Juan Road in the No. 1 lane, closest to the center divide – slammed into the front left side of the bus. The impact was near the tire well, Van Lindt said.

The motorcycle driver, 33, died at the scene.

Van Lindt reported that neither the bus driver, 49, nor the students on the bus were injured during the collision. The students, he said, were shaken up but “seemed okay” when being interviewed later by CHP officers at the high school.

San Juan Road was closed at the accident scene for several hours while the California Highway Patrol investigated. Van Lindt said investigators were looking at whether right-of-way or speed were factors in the accident.

At press time, the motorcycle driver’s identity had not been released.

Photo by Marc Laver

Investigators examine the motorcycle. / Photo by Marc Laver


  1. God Bless you Trent. God has called you Home. You Touched so many lives you will be Greatly missed.

  2. Is this really an “uncontrolled intersection”. The bus driver was stopped on Tumbleweed and it sounds like pulled out in front of the motorcycle.

    • An uncontrolled intersection is a road intersection
      where no traffic lights or signs are used to indicate the right-of-way.
      Mostly, uncontrolled intersections are unmarked. However, in some
      locations, motorists may be warned by road signage or a warning light.
      They are found in either residential neighborhoods or in rural areas.

  3. My Son’s name was not Trent.. His name is Travis.. and thank you for you blessings. He is Missed every moment of everyday..
    LUV, TRAVIS’ S Mom


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