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Girl, 5, hit by runaway school bus in Moreno Valley

A 5-year-old girl was recovering Tuesday after being hit by a runaway school bus at a Moreno Valley elementary school.

The girl was standing on the sidewalk, waiting to be picked up around 2:30 p.m. Monday at Box Springs Elementary School just after classes let out for the day, California Highway Patrol investigators told KTLA-TV.

The bus was parked in the driveway of the school parking lot when it began rolling backward, jumping the sidewalk and pinning the girl against a metal fence. There was no driver inside the bus at the time but two children were onboard.

School faculty gave the girl CPR until paramedics arrived. She was hospitalized with a crushed pelvis, a lacerated liver and a collapsed lung.

The CHP, which looks at all crashes involving school buses, says the bus will be torn apart to look for mechanical problems that might have caused the accident.

The school district planned to send out a crisis team on Tuesday for staff and students at the school.

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Motorcyclist killed after crashing into stopped car on 91 Freeway

A 21-year-old man was killed Sunday night after he crashed his motorcycle into a car that had stopped for another traffic collision on the 91 Freeway in Bellflower, authorities said.

Brandon Bettinger, of Covina, rear-ended the car at a "high rate of speed" about 10:35 p.m. on the westbound freeway near Downey Avenue, California Highway Patrol said. He was thrown from his bike onto the eastbound lanes, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car, identified as Harry Aguilera, 24, of Fontana, was not injured, CHP said.

Authorities said Aguilera stopped in the carpool lane for a separate traffic collision that had occurred about a minute before and was blocking the lane. Information about that crash was not immediately available.

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Two killed on 710 Freeway in Long Beach

Two people were killed early Saturday in a car crash on the southbound 710 Freeway in Long Beach that shut down a portion of the freeway for hours, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 3 a.m. near the Del Amo Boulevard exit and involved several vehicles, including a taxi, said Officer Cheyenne Quesada.

One victim was found lying in the No. 2 lane after possibly being ejected from a gray Honda Civic.

No other information was given.

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Shootings near UC Riverside leave 1 dead, 1 injured

Map: Approximate location of shooting shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

A Chino Hills man armed with two handguns allegedly opened fire in an apartment complex near UC Riverside on Wednesday night, killing one resident and wounding another “for no apparent reason,’’ authorities said.

Daniel John Jones, 44, was visiting an acquaintance in the apartment complex in the 5300 block of Canyon Crest Drive in Riverside when he entered the first victim’s apartment about 7:20 p.m. and allegedly opened fire, according to Sgt. Dan Russell of the Riverside Police Department.

Jones then walked to a landing between apartment buildings and shot a second person, again “for no apparent reason,’’ Russell said in a statement Thursday.

Jones fled the scene in his car and, moments later, was involved in a minor traffic collision on the Moreno Valley Freeway, near University Avenue, police said.

After Jones pulled over on an offramp, a passing motorist offered to help him. Jones, who the
witness described as intoxicated, then allegedly demanded the other motorist’s car keys and pulled out two handguns. The motorist ran to safety, police said.

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Four arrested after motorcycle marriage proposal on 10 Freeway

Four men were arrested last week in connection with a January stunt in which a group of motorcycle riders shut down the 10 Freeway in West Covina while a man proposed to his girlfriend.

Hector Martinez, 24, of Covina; Mike John David Gutierrez, 38, of Lynwood; Giovanni Mendez, 19, of La Puente; and Rudy Cadena, 24; were arrested Thursday on suspicion of misdemeanor public nuisance and unlawful assembly, the California Highway Patrol reported. Martinez, the man who proposed, was also booked on suspicion of exhibition of speed.

In an arrest report, the CHP said Martinez and 200 to 250 bikers blocked eastbound traffic near Barranca Street, at which point Martinez "performed a burn out for several seconds." Video images show a plume of pink smoke coming out of the bike.

"Mr. Martinez then proposed to his passenger," the report said. "Several of the motorcyclists on scene applauded, videotaped and photographed the incident, which was posted on YouTube."

After Martinez popped the question, the group went to a "motorcycle event" at a nearby Hooters restaurant, the CHP said.

Video of the proposal went viral, and Martinez and his fiancee were interviewed -- and identified -- by several media outlets.

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5-car pileup snarls traffic on westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar

Traffic was snarled in this area after an accident on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar.

This post has been updated. See note below for details.

Traffic on the westbound 210 Freeway near the 5 Freeway in Sylmar was snarled Monday night after five vehicles collided, officials said.

The accident involved a big rig, an SUV and a Prius and caused a heavy backup, according to initial reports by California Highway Patrol officers at the scene. The incident was reported about 7 p.m.

Firefighters responded, but it was not immediately clear how many people may have been injured.

At least two lanes on the busy freeway were closed. It was unclear when they would be reopened.

[Updated 7:59 p.m.: Four patients were taken to hospitals, and traffic was beginning to move, the LAFD said.]

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Photo: Map shows area where the accident was reported. Credit: Google Maps

Motorcyclist killed on 405 Freeway in Van Nuys

Image: Map shows location of Monday's crash in Van Nuys. Source: Google Maps
A motorcyclist was killed Monday after a collision with at least one vehicle on the 405 Freeway in Van Nuys, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The victim, described as an adult male, was southbound about 8:05 a.m. when he crashed near Sherman Way, Officer Ed Jacobs said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unclear if he collided with more than one vehicle.

A SigAlert was issued and three lanes were closed as authorities investigated.

No other information was given.

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Image: Map shows location of Monday's crash in Van Nuys. Source: Google Maps

SUV passenger killed, driver injured in crash on 134 Freeway

A woman was killed and a man was injured early Saturday when their sport utility vehicle flipped over on the 134 Freeway in Glendale and crashed into a tree, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 2:15 a.m. and closed the westbound Pacific Avenue exit ramp for two hours, California Highway Patrol Officer Cheyenne Quesada said.

The 45-year-old woman was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver, also 45, was transported to County/USC Medical Center, Quesada said. Neither was identified.

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Interstate 5 on Grapevine opens to traffic after snow closure

A portion of Interstate 5 on the Grapevine was gradually opening to traffic Friday morning, more than five hours after it was closed because of winter weather.

The California Highway Patrol announced about 7:30 a.m. that it was escorting vehicles across the southbound stretch of the freeway, and a spokesman said it would be open to "free-flowing" traffic after that. Traffic escorts began on the northbound lanes soon after.

Traffic logs indicated both directions of the freeway were closed about 2 a.m.

Southern California saw rain and snow overnight as a late-winter storm moved across the region. Snow levels dropped as low as 3,000 feet, and there were reports of accumulation in mountain and foothill areas, said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

A winter storm warning was in effect for mountain areas until 10 p.m. Friday, Thompson said. The showers were expected to taper off throughout the day, but the weather service warned that precipitation could linger over the Grapevine into Saturday.

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Grapevine on Interstate 5 closed due to snow, ice

A stretch of Interstate 5 through the Grapevine remained closed Friday morning because of snow and ice on the roadway, the California Highway Patrol said.

Traffic logs indicated both directions of the freeway were closed about 2 a.m. As of 5:15 a.m., the CHP said it was not clear when the roadway would reopen.

Southern California saw rain and snow overnight as a late-winter storm moved across the region. Snow levels dropped as low as 3,000 feet, and there were reports of accumulation in mountain and foothill areas, said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

A winter storm warning was in effect for mountain areas until 10 p.m. Friday, Thompson said. The showers were expected to taper off throughout the day, but the weather service warned that precipitation could linger over the Grapevine into Saturday.

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