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California school bus accident leaves 16 students injured

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At least 16 school children were injured last week when a school bus hit a U-Haul truck Victorville, California, approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles. California Highway Patrol reports that two children suffered serious personal injuries in this bus accident and that 10 other children were hospitalized. Another four children were treated and released at the scene.

One of the seriously injured students suffered a broken leg whereas the other student suffered a cut to the head. Both students’ injuries have been described as non-life-threatening.

A CHP spokesperson said that the U-Haul was driven by a mother who was backing up the truck with the help of her daughter.

“Somewhere along the line there was a lack of communication and the mother backed the U-Haul all the way out in the street, directly into the path of the school bus,” the CHP spokesperson said. The bus driver was going the 40 mph speed limit at the time of the crash and was unable to swerve enough to avoid the crash.

“The rear end of the U-Haul hit the right side of the school bus by the rear axle, causing it to spin and ultimately roll onto its left side blocking both traffic lanes,” the CHP spokesperson said.

Parents were notified and picked up their children from the crash site.

Source: Associated Press, “16 kids, driver injured in Victorville, Calif., when school bus collides with U-Haul truck,” Oct. 11, 2012