A collision between a U-Haul truck and a school bus injured 12 students, including two seriously, Thursday afternoon in Victorville.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident took place shortly after 2 p.m. on Nisqually Road, where a school bus carrying 40 students home from Galileo Academy struck a U-Haul truck backing out of a residential driveway. The collision knocked the school bus over onto its side.
Two of the young students on the bus suffered serious injuries in the crash, and were transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment. Though serious, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The drivers of both vehicles suffered minor injuries, as did ten other students. Four were treated at the scene and released; the others were taken to the hospital for a more careful examination.
The accident forced the closure of Nisqually Road in both directions from 1st to 3rd avenues as city crews worked to right the fallen bus and clear debris from the road. The closure also allowed police investigators to take a closer look at what may have led to the accident.
At this time the cause of the crash is unknown. Police will question both drivers, students on board the bus, and any witnesses in the area to piece together the scene and bring the ordeal to a close. Any accident involving a school bus and injured children will naturally raise substantial concern from parents.
Regardless of fault in this accident, extreme care should always be taken when backing out of the driveway, especially when backing into active lanes. Large trucks like U-Haul trucks can have reduced visibility and lesser maneuverability, meaning even greater care is needed. It is fortunate that more were not seriously injured, as such a collision between two large vehicles has the potential to inflict even life ending damages.
For victims involved in an accident like this, help is available. Through the guidance of a well-trained Los Angeles car accident attorney, compensation can be recovered from those at fault to help cover expenses like medical bills, car repair payments, even wages lost from time spent away from work.
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