One person was killed and more than a dozen high school students were injured today in a collision that apparently began when the driver of a BMW ran a red light in Boyle Heights, then struck a pedestrian
and broadsided a school bus that overturned.
The pedestrian was killed at the scene, and two people fled from the wrecked BMW but were captured by a construction worker who saw them running from the scene, officials said.
According to the city fire department, 19 people were taken to hospitals. Eighteen Roosevelt High School students were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The bus driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but his condition was upgraded to serious by late this afternoon, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Mario Rueda.
The other 25 students aboard the bus were taken to the nearby LAPD Hollenbeck station, where they were reunited with their parents and given the chance to speak with crisis counselors.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the crash occurred at 3:22 p.m. at 2235 E. First St. when the driver of the black BMW ran a red light and hit the unidentified pedestrian in the intersection, then broadsided the bus, which overturned and landed on its side near the Metro Gold Line Soto Station.
Metro bus lines 30, 251, 252, 605, 620 and 751 are being detoured around the intersection of First and Soto streets because of that fatal bus crash. The Metro Gold Line is bypassing the Soto station.
The two people in the car ran from the scene, but they were captured by a construction worker who chased them down, Beck said.
Arianna Rosas, 21, who works at a convenience store about a block from the crash scene, said she heard the collision and went outside and saw people running up the street away from the crash. She said a construction worker and another person chased them, caught them and held them until police arrived.
California Highway Patrol Officer Miguel Luevano said the two people who were detained were being evaluated by paramedics to determine if they were injured in the wreck. They were also working to determine if the driver of the car may have been impaired, Luevano said.