A Riverside woman driving a school bus with no passengers apparently blacked out, crashed into the back of a pickup truck in Norco, and was later pronounced dead, a sheriff’s department spokesman said today.
Joyce Werley, 68, was driving a mid-size Corona/Norco School District bus on River Road north of Bluff Street at about 11:30 a.m. Friday when the bus struck guard rails on each side of the road several times, then rear-ended a pickup truck, according to sheriff’s Sgt. James Woodland.
The driver of the pickup truck attempted to revive Werley until emergency services arrived, but the combined efforts of the driver and arriving deputies and fire personnel were unsuccessful in reviving her, Woodland said.
Werley was taken to Corona Regional Medical Center where the coroner pronounced her dead at 12:19 p.m.
“Further investigation revealed witnesses saw the female unconscious behind the wheel as the bus was traveling northbound on River Road,” Woodland said.
River Road was closed for about seven hours during the investigation, which was still ongoing. Investigators asked anyone with information about the incident to call (951) 955-9230.