Pursuit Driver Crashes Into School Bus Transporting 50 Preschoolers

No serious injuries were reported after the pursuit driver collided with a bus carrying about 50 children

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Friday, Jun 21, 2013  |  Updated 2:50 PM PDT
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No serious injuries were reported after the pursuit driver collided with a bus carrying about 50 children, who were escorted hand-in-hand from the bus. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday June 21, 2013.

No serious injuries were reported after the pursuit driver collided with a bus carrying about 50 children, who were escorted hand-in-hand from the bus. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday June 21, 2013.

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A driver involved in a brief pursuit crashed into a school bus with 50 preschoolers aboard at a South Los Angeles intersection, but no serious injuries were reported, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police and firefighter-rescue crews responded to the 10 a.m. crash at Hill Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (map). The brief pursuit began after a report of speeding and felony evading reckless driving and ended about two minutes later after the driver of a green Lexus went through three red traffic signals before the collision, according to police.

The pursuit driver and bus -- it was transporting the preschoolers to a day camp -- entered the intersection at the same time, police said. The pursuit driver's vehicle was heavily damaged in the crash, and the subject was taken into custody.

Aerial video showed adults escorting students -- police said most are about 5 years old -- hand-in-hand from the bus. No serious injuries were reported, police said.

At least one other vehicle was damaged in the crash. Aerial video showed the Lexus with significant front-end damage and a deployed air bag.

Another bus arrived to transport the children.

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