A pedestrian was killed and at least 19 people were injured Monday when a black BMW ran a red light and broadsided a school bus, causing it to flip on its side, east of downtown Los Angeles, police said.
The pedestrian was crossing the street at an intersection in the Boyle Heights area when struck. The person died at the scene, Police Chief Charlie Beck said.
The bus driver was initially taken to a hospital in critical condition but later was upgraded to serious condition, authorities said. Eighteen high school students on the bus also were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Twenty-five other students on the bus were not hurt.
The crash occurred at about 3:20 p.m. as the Roosevelt High School students were heading back to school from the East Los Angeles Skills Center, where they attend classes because of overcrowding.
Two people in the BMW fled on foot after the crash and were detained by a local construction worker, who held them until officers arrived, Beck said. They were turned over to the California Highway Patrol and were being evaluated for possible injuries, Beck said.
The noninjured students were taken to the nearby Hollenbeck police station, where they were interviewed by police and firefighters before being reunited with family.
Susana Romero, an 11th- grader, said she had no warning before hearing a loud crash and feeling the bus tip over. She said she and others helped some of the injured out through the emergency exit.
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