2 hospitalized after youth group buses crash with U-Haul truck

A bus pulled to the side of the road after a crash near Pauma Valley Thursday.

SAN DIEGO — Two people were taken to the hospital after two school buses and a U-Haul from the same church youth group got in a chain reaction crash.

The crash happened around noon on State Route 76 near Valley Center Road, according to Cal Fire. The crash happened in the Pauma Valley area, northeast of Escondido and Valley Center.

One adult and one child were taken to the hospital with “moderate to major” injuries, according to Cal Fire, which did not provide further details.

Ten other kids received medical treatment at the scene for overheating but were not hospitalized, officials added.

The LA-based youth group was headed back from a camp in the Palomar Mountain area when one of the buses rear-ended the U-Haul, leading to a chain reaction crash between the two buses as well.

After paramedics arrived and got the adult and child to the hospital, the rest of the group was loaded back onto buses and taken home. Westbound traffic was temporarily blocked in the area.


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