The school bus wreck occurred near the intersection of 20th Street East and East Lancaster Boulevard at around 7:15 a.m. local time. Officials say a school bus carrying eight special education students and two aides crashed into a car and a utility pole.
Seven of the students on the bus were injured in the crash, reports KABC. These students sustained injuries that were classified as minor. The eighth student sustained critical injuries in the crash. In addition, the driver of the car that was hit was critically injured. The teacher’s aides and bus driver were uninjured.
Multiple ambulances responded to the scene to transport the injured children from the scene to local hospitals. According to KABC, the cause of the bus crash is under investigation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2004 and 2013, there were 340,039 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,214 (0.4%) were classified as school-transportation-related crashes. Here are more facts about these types of crashes: