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Head-on collision kills one on Highway 65

By: Cheri March
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One person was killed and a high school student and bus driver were injured Tuesday afternoon in a head-on crash along Highway 65. The wreck occurred at 1 p.m. near Nader Road in rural Lincoln when a Toyota Yaris collided with a Western Placer Unified School District bus carrying three Phoenix High School students to Sheridan, said Auburn California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Mathias. The car reportedly was speeding and veering over the double-yellow line, according to the CHP Web site. The only occupant of the Toyota died at the scene. The driver was identified Wednesday as Carsten Barrios, 61, of Smartville. No further information was available. For whatever unknown reason, the Toyota traveling southbound crossed into the northbound lanes and hit the bus going north head-on, Mathias said. The female bus driver, a 25-year employee of the school district with no accidents on her record, reportedly blew her horn repeatedly and attempted to swerve out of the way of the oncoming vehicle. The bus driver and one student received minor injuries, but all aboard the bus were transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville as a precaution, Mathias said. Phoenix students have an earlier schedule than Lincoln High School, said Superintendent Scott Leaman. All lanes of Highway 65 were reopened by 4 p.m. Tuesday.