A woman was transported to a local hospital in critical condition Friday morning after being struck by a school bus near Palmdale.
The crash occurred between the school bus and a pedestrian about 6:09 a.m. near the intersection of Pearblossom Highway and 123rd Street East in an unincorporated area of Southeast Antelope Valley, according to the California Highway Patrols’ traffic incident log.
The CHP log initially indicated the victim was a student, but it was later determined the victim was a 23-year-old woman, said CHP Officer Nicholson.
Officials first planned to airlift the patient to a local hospital, but the helicopter could not get to the location due to weather issues, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Ornelas said.
The unidentified victim was then taken by ambulance to the hospital.
“At this point I believe it’s critical condition,” Officer Jason Tomkinson said of the woman's condition.
About 11 high school students were on the bus at the time of the crash, said Damian, a student who was sitting in the front seat.
“She made that corner and the girl was about five feet away … she hit her and rolled under the bus,” Damian said.
Another student described the bus driver's reaction to the crash.
“When she hit her she started crying … she pulled the bus over,” said Emily.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.