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Girl, nine, killed as car hits school bus and ploughs into children

The incident happened in the town of Desert Hot Springs, east of Los Angeles.

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A police officer stands at the scene of a crash involving a school bus in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. A child was killed when a car struck the school bus in Southern California and then plowed into a group of walking children. (Taya Gray/The Desert Sun via AP)

A police officer stands at the scene of a crash involving a school bus in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. A child was killed when a car struck the school bus in Southern California and then plowed into a group of walking children. (Taya Gray/The Desert Sun via AP)

A police officer stands at the scene of a crash involving a school bus in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. A child was killed when a car struck the school bus in Southern California and then plowed into a group of walking children. (Taya Gray/The Desert Sun via AP)

Investigators in southern California are investigating a fatal crash in which a car rear-ended a school bus and then ploughed into a group of walking children, killing a nine-year-old girl and injuring two other youngsters.

A white Cadillac struck the bus on Thursday afternoon in the Riverside County town of Desert Hot Springs, east of Los Angeles and north of Palm Springs.

The car then went around the bus and hit four pupils walking home from a bus stop, the California Highway Patrol told KESQ-TV.

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Relatives at the scene (Taya Gray/Desert Sun/AP)

Relatives at the scene (Taya Gray/Desert Sun/AP)

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Relatives at the scene (Taya Gray/Desert Sun/AP)

Monica Gonzalez Guzman, of Desert Hot Springs, died at the scene, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

Two other children were injured, one seriously. The driver of the Cadillac also was injured and was in hospital in unknown condition.

Officials did not immediately say what caused the car to hit the bus. The highway patrol is investigating.

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The children attended Julius Corsini Elementary School, according to the Palm Springs Unified School District.

“It is overwhelming to hear and process this kind of tragic news,” superintendent of schools Mike Swize said in a statement.

“We want our families and staff to know that we are here for them to provide any support they need now or in the coming days and weeks ahead.”


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