Almost 37 years ago, on May 21, 1976, 28 students and one teacher from the Yuba City High School choir died after their bus crashed and fell 30 feet to the ground on the Marina Vista offramp on southbound Interstate-680 in Martinez.
The driver apparently lost control of the bus and crashed while negotiating a sharp turn on the offramp shortly after the bus’ brakes failed.
The crash remains the deadliest bus crash in the history of the United States.
The creators of the Yuba City High School Memorial sent the following information to Claycord.com, asking that we let the public know about a memorial coming up tomorrow in Yuba City, about 45-minutes north of Sacramento.
Here is the information:
Saturday May 11 at 10:00 am at the Memorial Monument near Yuba City Hall on Veterans Memorial Drive….a brief remembrance ceremony with traditional balloon release and reading of names.
We are planning a special expression of respect for any and all who would also like to join us afterwards: We will be placing silk arrangements (in Yuba City High School Honker colors, of course) at the grave-sites of all the choir members at rest in nearby Sutter Cemetery. Please consider joining us in both locations, we would love to have you there.
photo credit: Facebook – Yuba City High School Choir Memorial in Martinez