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Authorities identify couple killed when van crashed head-on with bus in Northern California


SAN MATEO, California — Authorities have identified a couple killed in a head-on collision between a van and a commuter bus.

The San Mateo County Coroner's office on Saturday says 84-year-old Joseph Stivala and his wife, 79-year-old Anna Stivala of San Mateo, were riding in their a van when it crossed a center divider and struck a SamTrans bus head-on at a major intersection in San Mateo Friday afternoon.

Anna Stivala was pronounced dead at the scene and her husband, Joseph, who was driving was taken to a local hospital. He later died from his injuries.

SamTrans spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann says five bus passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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