A collision involving a possible stolen car and a school bus with students on board during a police pursuit Friday afternoon forced the closure of a portion of Ninth Street in San Bernardino.
The bus driver and four students — all under age 12 — on the bus were not injured, according to San Bernardino police and a tweet from San Bernardino City Unified School District Office of Emergency Services.
9th Street closed between Waterman and Sierra way for traffic collision involving a school bus. @SB_CitySchools Students on bus were not injured and parents are onscene. #SafestModeOfTransportation pic.twitter.com/Z64Sl8vH8O
— SBCUSD OES (@SBCUSD_OES) May 19, 2018
About 4:20 p.m., San Bernardino police learned about the reported stolen car and tried to conduct a traffic stop, according to Lt. Mike Madden. However, the female driver sped off in the Honda westbound on Ninth Street.
The car traveled at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour and, at times, in opposing traffic lanes. Police were close to discontinuing the pursuit, which had lasted for less than 50 seconds, due to the public danger right before the crash occurred, according to Madden.
As the Honda came to the Waterman Avenue intersection, it became airborne, struck the back of another vehicle and spun before colliding with the eastbound school bus, he said.
The students and the bus driver were shaken and complained of pain but had no serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle struck by the Honda also was shaken and had no serious injuries, according to Madden.
However, fire crews had to extricate the unidentified woman out of the stolen car, Madden said. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Police are unsure at this time if drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.
Ninth Street was to remain closed between Waterman Avenue and Sierra Way during the investigation.