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

March 19, 2013 |  6:21 am

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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-- Kellan Connor, KTLA-TV