On Monday, November 20, 2006, about 10:10 a.m. central standard time, a 2006 Integrated Conventional Corporation (IC) 71-passenger school bus, transporting 40 students from Lee High School to the Huntsville Center for Technology, was traveling westbound in the left lane of an elevated two-lane Interstate Highway 565 (I-565) transition ramp, in Huntsville, Alabama. A 1990 Toyota Celica, also traveling from Lee High School to the Huntsville Center for Technology, was in the left lane behind the school bus. According to witnesses, the Toyota moved to the right lane and accelerated in an attempt to pass the school bus. The driver of the Toyota stated that as he came alongside the school bus, his vehicle began "fishtailing" and became impossible to control. The Toyota veered to the left, striking the right front tire of the school bus. The vehicles remained in contact as they swerved to the left, and both vehicles struck a 32-inch-high cement bridge rail on the left side of the ramp.