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Witnesses pull children from school bus crash in Anaheim Hills

Driver And 11 Students Hurt In Calif. School Bus CrasAlmost immediately after a school bus carrying 11 middle schoolers crashed in California Thursday morning, witnesses rushed to help pull injured children from the wreck.

Those witnesses told the Los Angeles Times they heard a loud "crack" as the bus slammed into several trees near the Anaheim Hills golf course. They say the next thing they heard was students screaming for help.

KTTV reports "We hit a tree and the lamp post and went this to the dirt everywhere and all of a sudden, there was a girl screaming and blood everywhere."

Driver And 11 Students Hurt In Calif. School Bus Crash

According to the California Highway Patrol, five of the El Rancho Charter Middle School students were taken to the hospital with critical and minor injuries.

The other children suffered minor scrapes and bruises and were sent home with their parents. Everyone is expected to be okay.

The bus driver was hurt the worst in the accident. It reportedly took close to 20 minutes for firefighters to pull him from the wreck, and he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Police say the cause of the crash is still unclear. But several students told KNBC the driver wasn't feeling well before the accident.

"At the last stop that we were at, Mr. Jerry was standing around, the bus for three or four minutes. A student was like, 'Mr. Jerry, like come on, let's go.'"

"I'm almost 100 percent sure that that bus driver passed out before this accident happened."

Officials say the driver and two students remained hospitalized as of early Friday. An investigation into the crash is now underway.

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tree9616 April 25 2014 at 10:29 AM

There are so many folks that would help out, if the occasion were to arise. Glad folks pitched in here, too.

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grammrd April 25 2014 at 6:05 PM

He was sick smart man waited a few minutes but the kids said let's go Mr.J erry and he got in and closed the door my opinion is call for backup or call 911 if he was'nt feeling well should have told the kids to lay him down and get some help

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Debbie April 25 2014 at 1:48 PM

I pray all get well that have been hurt and may God watch over them all as they all heal from the trama of the accident.

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golffrdlrs Debbie April 25 2014 at 6:37 PM

And may god watch over the not yet crashed busloads of children and maybe be a little proactive as well.

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rawdogg53 April 25 2014 at 1:41 PM

so sad hope all goes well

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Shirley Johnston April 25 2014 at 7:08 PM

If a driver is not feeling well he should always call for help. I know decisions like that is hard to make but that should be a rule. Better to be safe than sorry.

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leftydap52 Shirley Johnston April 25 2014 at 9:56 PM

depends on what "not feeling well" turns out to be. Could have been anywhere from a tooth ache...to chest pains

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ACROPOLIS MARBLE April 25 2014 at 7:39 PM

so happy they are all ok

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arkfault April 25 2014 at 12:48 PM

i did sign in

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Brian Workman April 25 2014 at 10:23 PM

There should be mandatory physicals of Bus Drivers, every six month's!!

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brothermac1 Brian Workman April 25 2014 at 11:28 PM

There are mandatory physicals every two years, and more frequently if certain concerns are found during the physical. This can result in outright denial or limitations of as little as 90 days.

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drsreflect April 25 2014 at 11:42 AM

He could have been having a strike or heartattack and did not recognize the symptoms. It happens like that sometimes.

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cf77777 April 25 2014 at 12:04 PM


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arkfault cf77777 April 25 2014 at 1:29 PM

good for you as an operator we always worry about our pax.

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