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April 25, 2014

12 hurt, 3 critical in Calif. school bus crash

The most seriously hurt was the driver, who had to be cut from the bus and pulled through the windshield before he was taken to a hospital

The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. — A fast-moving school bus carrying middle school students jumped a curb, plowed into trees and a lamp post, and came to rest tilting sideways, leaving 12 people injured, three of them critically, authorities said.

The most seriously hurt in the Thursday afternoon crash was the driver, who had to be cut from the bus and pulled through the windshield before he was taken by ambulance to University of California, Irvine Medical Center, authorities said.

Two students were also in critical condition, and nine others had more minor injuries, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said. Most were released to their parents.

Student Jak Pintches, 14, said the bus went off the road during a turn.

"I flew out of my seat and hit the other side of the bus" and injured his back, the teenager told the Orange County Register.

Part of a tree went into the bus and cut a girl's leg, he said.

After the crash, someone ran up and told everyone to get off because the bus was leaking gasoline, he said.

The California Highway Patrol, which is heading the investigation, said preliminary evidence shows the driver may not have hit the brakes before crashing.

"I don't see any skid marks," CHP spokesman Florentino Olivera told the Los Angeles Times. "It looks like he went straight into the tree."

The bus was taking students home from an after-school activity at El Rancho Charter Middle School in Anaheim when it crashed next to Anaheim Hills Golf Course, said a statement from Michael L. Christensen, superintendent of the Orange Unified School District.

Witness Andrea Shurtz, one of many people driving nearby who saw the crash, said the bus was going fast when it hit a curb and appeared to go airborne.

"It came flying down the hill," Shurtz told KABC-TV, "and took out trees along the way."

Shurtz said the driver and several students were hanging out of the bus's windows and yelling for help from passing drivers.

"Kids were screaming. Gas was pouring out the back," Shurtz said. "People just came running from everywhere."

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The bus was equipped with seat belts, police said, but it wasn't clear how many of the students were wearing them.

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Scott E. Mayer Scott E. Mayer Friday, April 25, 2014 4:23:59 PM I was a school bus driver for the last 7 years now in training for EMT-B. New busies have seat-belts older ones don't,. elementary kids tend to use them, middle school and older don't. Yes children are instructed to use them but the driver in unable to see due to the new very tall seats. in the event the bus overturns on it's side, half of the students would be suspended by their bellies also School Bus turnovers are very very rare. If you want to really understand bus safety any why and how they are designed go to any school bus yard and ask to speak to one the Safety and Training people. maybe setup a lecture for your department.
Karen McLain Karen McLain Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:10:13 AM unbelievable..... I feel for everyone this is heart aching.... praying all recover from this emotionally too....

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