8 students hurt in school bus crash

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VALLEY CENTER, Calif. — Eight children and one adult were injured when a car crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a  school bus  Friday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The collision  was reported on Valley Center Road at 7:52 a.m. The road was closed between Lazy H Drive and state Route 76 during the accident investigation, the CHP said.

A total of 55 students were on the Valley Center Pauma Unified School District bus, which was going to Pauma Elementary School, CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said. Eight of the students complained of pains, but none were taken to the hospital, he said.

A 24-year-old woman driving the car suffered major injuries, including a broken left leg and a possible fractured left arm. She was taken to Palomar Hospital for treatment, Bettencourt said.

Helicopter video showed the bus stopped in the oncoming traffic lane. It appeared to have damage to the front driver’s side. A silver sedan was behind the bus in the same lane facing the same direction. It had major front-end damage.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, but it did not appear that drugs or alcohol played a factor, Bettencourt said.


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