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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

19 Children Injured in School Bus Crash

Bus Collides With SUV Making Left-Hand Turn

The California Highway Patrol said that on Friday, September 1, 2006, a school bus carrying 49 students in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, ran into an SUV and swerved into a fire hydrant, injuring 17 children and both vehicles' drivers.

According to CHP Officer Sean Cooper, at 7:44 a.m., the bus was en route to Day Creek Intermediate School in the nearby town of Etiwanda when it crashed into an SUV that had made a left-hand turn in front of the bus.

Officer Cooper reported that each vehicle had a green light and both slammed the brakes before crashing. The impact caused considerable damage to the front of the SUV and the front of the bus on the driver's side.

Seventeen students reported injuries, and 11 were ambulanced to nearby hospitals for treatment. One child seemed to have a somewhat serious injury, while other injuries were relatively minor bumps and bruises.

Officer Cooper said that the bus driver was hospitalized, and the SUV driver, Gerald Terrones, 18, of Ranch Cucamonga, was hospitalized with a possible broken leg and internal injuries that were deemed serious but not critical.

Although the crash is under investigation, no summons was issued.

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