Woman who died in crash with tour bus in Madera County is ID'd

The Fresno BeeJune 26, 2014 

A tour bus involved in a fatal crash in Madera County on Thursday, June 26, 2014 is hauled from the scene.


A 61-year-old Coarsegold woman was killed Thursday evening when her Chevrolet drifted into the path of an oncoming tour bus on Road 145 just east of Highway 41 in Madera County, CHP officers said.

No one on the bus, including the driver and 41 passengers, were hurt.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office late Friday identified the driver as Charlotte Louis Boatright.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. John Johnson said several reports of the woman's erratic driving were received just prior to the collision. She was traveling eastbound when her white 2009 Chevy drifted slowly into the path of the oncoming bus, which had nowhere to go on the narrow road, Johnson said. Officers do not yet know if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Another tour bus was called for the bus passengers, who were visiting from the Bay Area, Johnson said.

The highway was closed a short time for the crash investigation.

Road 145 is the county road continuation of state Highway 145, which runs east from Madera and leads to Friant.

The CHP initially identified the woman's age as 60.

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