San Rafael Driver Injured in Hwy. 101 Collision with Golden Gate Transit Bus

Driver of a pickup truck got on southbound 101 at Sir Francis Drake Blvd., pulled in front of the bus and was hit from behind, causing "substantial injuries to his upper body."

A 40-year-old San Rafael man sustained "substantial injuries to his upper body" in a collision with a Golden Gate Transit bus Tuesday morning on Hwy. 101, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Brian Pene was entering southbound Hwy. 101 at Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at around 8 a.m. Tuesday in his gray 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, according to Officer Andrew Barclay. Stopped in heavy traffic on the on-ramp, Pene moved into the lane to his left, right in front of the bus carrying 41 passengers, he said.

The bus driver hit his brakes and attempted to avert a collision but was unable to avoid slamming into the back of Pene's pickup truck, Barclay said.

The Tacoma sustained major damage. The bus driver was able to immediately exit the freeway but Pene sustained significant injuries and was unable to move his truck.

Corte Madera fire personnel arrived on scene and transported Pene to Marin General Hospital with major injuries, Barclay said.

CHP closed the far right lane of Hwy. 101 for approximately 25 minutes while emergency personnel treated Pene, Barclay said. The driver of the Golden Gate Transit bus complained of pain but declined to be transported to the hospital. No passengers on the bus sustained any injuries.

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