School bus crashes into parked cars, fence in South LA

A school bus with seven Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school students on board was involved in a multi-vehicle collision in South LA Friday morning, fire officials said. 

The crash was reported near the intersection of South Western Avenue and West 54th Street, on the back side of Western Avenue T.E.C.H. Magnet School, in South LA’s Harvard Park neighborhood around 7:40 a.m. 

In addition to crashing into two parked vehicles, the bus took out a fence in a resident's gate in their front yard.

Marie Godbold uses a wheelchair and told FOX 11’s Gigi Graciette she witnessed the entire incident. Thankfully, she managed to get out of the way in time to avoid being hit.

"I saw the bus driver’s head go down and then raised up and she hit the silver SUV first ," Godbold recalled. "Then she hit the gray car because it was parked and then I saw it going going airborne and then I saw her coming toward me and I said ‘oh my god, oh my god.’"

The circumstances leading up to the crash are under investigation. 

Officials said the bus driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after experiencing discomfort in the crash. No other injuries were reported and no students required hospitalization. 

"It gets you as an officer when you respond to a call of a school bus and then into a house. So, as a father, you think the worst and then we get here and fortunately, it wasn’t," said California Highway Patrol Officer Roberto Gomez. 

The kids were picked up and taken to school by another bus a short time later. 

No further information was immediately released by authorities.