A bus leased to transport people to a church event crashed in the San Fernando Valley, sending some 25 people to the hospital. The brutal collision took place Sunday afternoon on the 405 Freeway in the North Hills area, according to police.
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“Upon arrival, firefighters found debris strewn across both sides of the freeway, causing an immediate full closure,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement on the incident.
The bus driver, a woman in her 40s, was initially listed as being in “critical” condition, according to KCBS-TV. Children were also present, but there have been no confirmed reports of serious injuries among them.
Just re-opened NB 405fwy at Nordhoff. SB still closed. Bus accident earlier. #CBSLA @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/cM7rYmNgaH
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“Over 40 total patients were evaluated by firefighters with 25 being transported,” the fire department continued. “Five adults, ranging in age from 30 – 88 years old transported in serious condition.”
Those patients that were transported to the hospital serious condition were listed as three women, ages 49, 60 and 88, and two men, ages 30 and 69, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
Those on board the bus were traveling from a church event in Inglewood and returning back to their home church in Pacoima, according to KCBS.
“Freeway incidents are just plain dangerous,” fire officials noted in a Facebook post Sunday. “We’re grateful for our [partners] in safety.”
Please pray for all those involved as they recover from their injuries.