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At least 2 suffer from serious injuries after school bus accident

Parents of students at a California middle school may have been distraught after learning that their children's school bus was involved in a serious accident. The initial cause of the accident is still under investigation, although witnesses stated that the driver may have been driving unsafely. California authorities have reported that there were at least two serious injuries, including one of the student passengers.

One witness reported that they believed the bus may have been traveling 70 mph, although that claim has not yet been substantiated by investigators. Another witness claims that she saw the bus go airborne after it struck a curb. It also appeared to have knocked down multiple trees on its way down a hill.

At least part of one of those trees wound up in the bus, which cut a female student's leg. A male student was tossed from one side of the bus to the other and suffered a back injury. In total, 12 people were injured in the accident. Two of those injured -- the bus driver and one student -- remain hospitalized.

California investigators are researching the bus driver's medical history and interviewing witnesses to the accident before they decide whether criminal charges are warranted. However, criminal proceedings against the bus driver are not required in order for the parents of the students suffering from serious injuries to file a personal injury claim. Having multiple eyewitnesses who personally saw supposedly erratic driving behavior by the driver may prove to be beneficial in pursuing a claim against the school bus driver and the driver's employer.

Source: nwcn.com, "CHP probes school bus accident that injured 12", , April 25, 2014

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