A black BMW ran a red light and smashed into a bus carrying high school students, causing 1 death and several injuries in a horrific series of events in Boyle Heights on Monday. The bus fell over after being sideswiped by the car, which hit a pedestrian crossing the street on its way through the intersection. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Two people in the BMW ran from the accident scene but were held by a construction worker until authorities arrived. Three juveniles were reportedly inside the BMW and are under investigation for drunk driving. The bus driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition but later upgraded to serious. 18 students were brought in for treatment and the other 25 students on the bus were not injured. Those who were not hurt were taken to a police station and interviewed before being released to their families.
When the accident happened, Roosevelt High School students were on their way back from the East Los Angeles Skills Center, where they go to classess due to overcrowding. “There was crying, but we were very protective of each other and helping each other out as we got off the bus,” said one student. She and other students helped those with injuries get off the bus through the emergency exit. “Eleven fire companies, eight ambulances, two fire battalion command units, one air ambulance and one heavy rescue unit responded to the crash site” a reporter for Fox News said.