MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — A 5-year-old girl is recovering from serious injuries after being hit by a runaway school bus at a Moreno Valley elementary school.
It happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday at Box Springs Elementary School just after school was let out for the day.
At the time, the girl was standing on the sidewalk in front of the school waiting to be picked up by her parents.
The bus was parked in the driveway of the school parking lot.
The vehicle rolled backwards, jumped the sidewalk and pinned the girl against a metal fence, California Highway Patrol investigators said.
There was no driver inside the bus at the time, but two other children were on board the bus. The driver was helping a disabled child.
As the bus rolled down the hill, witnesses say other students were able to jump out of the way.
The school’s principal, Samuel Stager, gave the girl CPR until paramedics arrived, and may have saved her life.
She is now hospitalized with a crushed pelvis, a lacerated liver and a collapsed lung.
She is in critical but stable condition. She has already had one operation, and will need more surgeries.
The CHP, which looks at all crashes involving school buses, says the bus will be torn apart to look for mechanical problems that might have caused the accident.
The school district planned to send out a crisis team on Tuesday for staff and students at the school.