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5 hurt in crash involving a bus in downtown L.A. [Updated]

November 14, 2010 | 10:06 am

At least five people were injured during a traffic accident involving two vehicles and a bus in downtown Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The number of the injured may grow, said department spokesman Erik Scott. Soon after the accident, reported at about 8:30 a.m. near Alameda and 1st streets, some of the injured were taken to local hospitals, while others were being treated at the scene, Scott said.

[Updated, 10:10 a.m.: At least 10 people were injured in the crash, Scott said. Four were seriouly injured and five others suffered non-life-threatening injuries. All of those injured were taken to three local hospitals, Scott said. The bus was described as a mini-bus from the First Chinese Baptist Church, not an MTA bus.]

He did not know how severe the injuries were. "Firefighters are still out there on the scene," Scott said.

He said 38 firefighters responded to the crash in the Little Tokyo area. He had no other details.

-- Ruben Vives

Photo: Investigators clear a multi-injury accident in downtown L.A. involving two vehicles and a mini-bus from the First Chinese Baptist Church. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times