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A driver was badly injured when his sedan collided with a passenger bus in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles Monday afternoon, officials said.

Crews responded to the crash at the corner of Gage Avenue and Broadway around 1:40 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert.

The motorist became trapped in his car and had to be extricated. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, LAFD said.

A 70-year-old woman on the bus was also hospitalized, but her injuries were minor, firefighters said. First responders evaluated about five other people aboard the bus, but they all declined medical transport.

Bobby Mejia, who works at the Exclusive Smog Check Auto Shop witnessed the crash and described the terrifying moments the car crashed into the back of the bus,

"Like, whoa! And then I just see a car run into the back of the bus. And then I seen the pole shake, that's why I was kind of like, in shock," Meija told KTLA. "Then I seen a bunch of people getting off the bus. Poor guy, we couldn't get him out," Meija said.

It's unclear what led up to the collision.

Video from the scene shows a black, four-door Kia made impact with the rear corner of the bus. The bus' back end was crumpled, but the sedan suffered worse damage with windows smashed in and both driver's side doors ripped off.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but it appears the car's driver may have been suffering a medical emergency, said Officer Rosario Cervantes with the Los Angeles Police Department.

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