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One person killed when bus crashes into utility poles in Harbor Gateway [Updated]

December 9, 2009 |  7:27 am

One person was killed this morning in a bus crash in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles, police said.

The Gardena municipal bus hit two utility poles and a fire hydrant at 5.42 a.m. at Normandie Avenue and 220th Street, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Me15_kueb7rnc The victim was believed to have been the bus driver, he said. There were no reports of other injuries. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, but Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Ray Dong said the bus driver may have become ill.

Traffic was backed up in the area, and water was gushing into the street from the damaged fire hydrant.

[Updated at 8:27 a.m.: At least 33 utility customers were without electricity as a result of the crash, said Gale Harris, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. A crew was on the scene, waiting for the go-ahead to do repairs, she said.

Also, a previous version of this post said one utility pole was hit, but Harris said it was two.]

-- Alexandra Zavis

Photos: LAPD officers investigate an early morning fatal bus crash on Normandie Avenue near 220th Street in Carson, where a 47-year-old female driver of a Gardena municipal bus was declared dead at the scene. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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