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13 Calif. inmates injured when bus and Tesla collide

A Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said there were no “visible or obvious” injuries but complaints of pain


13 inmates were injured after a crash between a Tesla and a Sacramento County Sheriff s Office inmate transfer bus at the intersection of Fifth and I streets in downtown Sacramento on Friday morning, May 19, 2023. None of the injuries were life-threatening, authorities said.

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By Michael McGough
The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO — At least 13 people were hurt after a crash between an inmate transfer bus and another vehicle Friday morning in downtown Sacramento, near the Sacramento County Main Jail, fire and sheriff’s officials said.

The crash happened near Fifth and I streets, the Sacramento Fire Department said in a social media post shortly before 7:30 a.m.

None of the 13 injuries were considered life-threatening, and most of them were minor, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Justin Sylvia said.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Amar Gandhi said the 13 injured occupants were inmates with complaints of pain and no “visible or obvious” injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office bus was traveling northbound on Fifth Street when it was struck by a vehicle that had apparently run a red light while heading westbound on I Street, Gandhi said, based on preliminary investigation.

The other involved vehicle was a black Tesla, which had major front-end damage.

The Fire Department as of 7:45 a.m. was waiting for additional medical personnel to arrive at the scene to assess some of the victims, Sylvia said.

The crash happened about two blocks west of the Sacramento County Main Jail at 651 I St.

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