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Fermin Martinez-Bonilla died in a bus rollover crash on Highway 59 near Canton Road in Merced.
Fermin Martinez-Bonilla Killed, Ten Injured in Bus Rollover Accident on Highway 59 near Canton Road

“Investigation Ongoing”

MERCED, CALIFORNIA (April 14, 2017) – A 33 year old man was killed and ten other people were injured in a crash involving a bus and a van on Highway 59 on Friday, according to a local news source. (map)

The accident happened in the 5900 block of N. Highway 59, near Canton Road. A white Ford bus carrying 20 farmworkers was driving northbound when a minivan behind the bus crossed partially into the southbound lanes to attempt to pass the bus. The bus then attempted left turn towards Castle Farms, and was struck from behind by the van. The impact caused the bus to overturn, ejecting one man and pinning him under the bus.

Fermin Martinez-Bonilla, a 33 year old man, was tragically identified as the passenger that was partially ejected and killed in the accident. Eight other bus passengers suffered injuries, and the bus driver was hospitalized. The driver of the van, identified as Paulino Contreras, a 29 year old man from Merced, was seriously injured in the accident and was airlifted to a local hospital. The accident remains under investigation at this time to determine cause and liability.

“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”

We at Lexton Law Firm extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of the victim in this tragic accident. We are so sorry for your loss. While we do handle personal injury cases, we write these blogs as an informative measure, to alert families that they may have a wrongful death claim. Choosing an attorney is a personal decision, and one we respect entirely. We would like the opportunity to help you through this difficult time. With decades of experience in the field of accidents, we are prepared to handle everything for you so that you do not have to worry about anything during this time of mourning. Gathering police and coroner’s reports, talking with insurance companies, and filing claims on your behalf are just some of the duties we would like to take off your shoulders. If you are interested, please call us today at (877) 541-2111. We are here to help you.


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