Man identified in fatal head-on crash vs. bus near Benton City

Man identified in fatal head-on crash vs. bus near Benton City

Authorities have identified the man killed by crashing his pickup into school bus full of field workers Wednesday morning near Benton City.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office said Jesus Alvarado, 56, was driving a Toyota pickup when he hit the busload of field workers around 6:15 a.m.

He was trying to pass another vehicle on Webber Canyon Road around 6 a.m. when he rammed the bus head-on, according to Sgt. Mat Clarke.

Alvarado was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the bus was loaded with 16 passengers. No one aboard the bus was badly injured.

Webber Canyon Road was closed a little over a mile from the Badger Road intersection while deputies investigated.