OAKLAND -- A school bus driver was injured but her five passengers, ages 5 to10, were unhurt when the bus was struck by a car that ran a red light in East Oakland on Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The collision happened about 7:35 a.m. at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Vicksburg Avenue.
Officer Vitaliy Kravchuk of the California Highway Patrol, which investigates all school bus accidents, said the school bus was going south on Vicksburg when a Honda driven by an 18-year-old unlicensed man ran a red light and struck the bus.
After the impact, the Honda smashed head-on into a metal iron fence on the 5100 block of Foothill Boulevard. The bus continued on for another 75 feet, sideswiping a Volkswagen that was going eastbound on Foothill before coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes of Foothill.
The children on board were later transferred to another bus for their trip to school, according to the CHP.
The bus driver, a 42-year-old woman, was taken to a hospital for treatment of upper body pain. The Honda driver, who suffered minor leg injuries, declined treatment, officials said. The CHP will conduct an investigation into the crash.
Aaesha Holloway, whose 10-year-old son, Jermani, is a fifth-grader at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School and was on the bus, came to the crash scene. She said he appeared "a little excited but I don't think he's scared. I asked him if he was OK and he said he was. If he tells me later he's hurt, I'll take him to the doctor."
The bus is operated by Petermann bus services. A company representative at the scene declined to comment.