Tour bus driver faces charges for deaths |

Tour bus driver faces charges for deaths

The driver of a tour bus involved in a 1998 accident which claimed the lives of two passengers will face misdemeanor manslaughter charges in Truckee, the California Highway Patrol announced Tuesday.

“The Truckee CHP office has learned that the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office in Truckee has elected to file misdemeanor charges against William Collier, a resident of Clearlake Oaks, arising from an incident on Sept. 26, 1998,” CHP Officer Wes Maehler stated in a press release.

The charges allege that Collier, 53, was operating a ‘Mike Lee Tours’ tour bus eastbound on Interstate 80 when he errantly lost control and allowed it to overturn near the Farad undercrossing.

The collision resulted in the death of a 59-year-old Vallejo woman and a 44-year-old Berkeley man. An additional 35 passengers were injured, five of them severely.

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