SAN DIEGO – High school students were injured when a car crashed into the back of a school bus in University City Wednesday, authorities said.
An elderly driver of a silver Infiniti rear-ended the school bus that was headed to University City High School around 8:30 a.m. near state Route 52 and the Genesee Avenue exit.
Thirty-two students were on the bus at the time of the crash, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said, adding that 12 were taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla to be treated for minor injuries. San Diego Unified later tweeted that “all students have been examined by medical staff and are being released to their parents.”
“Three ambulances came in these were the young high school students complaining of neck and back pain etc. They’re all described as walking wounded so they literally could walk into the hospital. They didn’t have to be on a gurney or anything like that. So right off the bat you know the injuries are relatively minor,” said CEO of Scripps Health Chris Van Gorder. “39 students and the driver of the other vehicle, they’re all here being cared for right now. We also have the principal, the vice principal, school police, CHP. And so we have a whole lot of people and resources it’s pretty crowded right now.”
A woman may have suffered a “health episode” when the crash happened, according to CHP.
“She possibly had a medical condition prior to the collision. The collision was really at slow speeds, it was about 5 to 10 miles per hour. You know the hood kind of buckled up but the airbag did go off. So she was transported here to hospital as well as 11 students from the bus for minor injuries mostly for complaint of pain injuries. The other 28 were transported on bus to the hospital for precautionary purposes,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.
The freeway ramp reopened at 10 a.m.