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December 7, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON and GEOFFREY MOHAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two schoolchildren died Wednesday morning when a school bus was rammed near downtown Los Angeles by a malfunctioning rod protruding from a city trash truck, only hours after the truck had been cited for mechanical problems. The dead children were identified as Francisco Mata and Brian Serrano, both 8-year-old third-graders. Two other children were injured in the accident, one critically, in what school officials called the first fatal bus accident in the Los Angeles district's history.
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February 14, 2001
A school bus was struck Tuesday by a pickup truck driven by a suspected drunk driver, the California Highway Patrol said. A passenger in the truck suffered minor injuries, but there were no injuries to any of the 46 students or the bus driver, the CHP said. Alan Morris, 34, of Granada Hills, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, CHP Officer Ray Abramian said.
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December 8, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN and JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One day after a malfunctioning city garbage truck killed two 8-year-old boys, Los Angeles city officials made several instant policy changes Thursday to improve safety--requiring mechanical problems to be posted directly on vehicle dashboards, expanding drivers' morning inspections and prohibiting operators from compacting trash while trucks are traveling.
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February 1, 2000
Students on a bus leaving Lanai Road Elementary School suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon when the vehicle abruptly hit a curb. Four children complaining of head or back pain were taken to local hospitals. "We think the injuries are all minor," said Los Angeles Fire Capt. Rich Cotterall, who was at the scene. "But any time someone--especially kids--complains of head or back pain, you have to take it seriously." About 20 other children were treated at the scene, Cotterall said.
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July 13, 1996 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Highway Patrol investigators of the malfunctioning of a city trash truck that killed two 8-year-olds in a school bus last December contend in a report released Friday that both the truck's driver and a city maintenance supervisor should face numerous criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter. The district attorney's office, however, filed only one misdemeanor count in the case.
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June 30, 1999
A charter plane that clipped two school buses in an emergency landing near Van Nuys Airport had no fuel left in its main tanks and fewer than six gallons in auxiliary tanks, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Further studies will be conducted to determine if the remaining fuel was sufficient to sustain engine power during an angled descent for landing, said Bob Crispin, NTSB air safety investigator.
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February 1, 2000
Students on a bus leaving Lanai Road Elementary School suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon when the vehicle abruptly hit a curb. Four children complaining of head or back pain were taken to local hospitals. "We think the injuries are all minor," said Los Angeles Fire Capt. Rich Cotterall, who was at the scene. "But any time someone--especially kids--complains of head or back pain, you have to take it seriously." About 20 other children were treated at the scene, Cotterall said.
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June 14, 1997
A 27-year-old woman escaped severe injuries--or possibly decapitation --Friday when her car seat bent backward before the vehicle crashed into a school bus, according to authorities. There were no children in the bus, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. at Tujunga Canyon Place and Foothill Boulevard. Lisa Douglas for an unknown reason failed to stop and ran her Nissan Sentra under the bus, Humphrey said.
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March 9, 1996
Charges of drunk driving and driving with a revoked license were filed Friday against a 43-year-old Reseda man who allegedly crashed into a school bus. Michael John Shelby Sr. has two previous drunk-driving convictions and was on probation from a Jan. 11 conviction, when he drove into a school bus on Roscoe Boulevard Thursday afternoon with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, Deputy City Atty. Nicholas Fratianne said.
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January 19, 1996
The trailer of a big rig came loose and hit a school bus full of students on the Ventura Freeway Thursday afternoon, but no injuries were reported, authorities said. The accident occurred on the eastbound lanes near Reseda Boulevard at about 3:30 p.m., CHP Officer Bruce Ferrier said. CHP officers briefly shut down traffic to get the bus to the side of the freeway.
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February 1, 2000
Students on a bus leaving Lanai Road Elementary School received minor injuries Monday afternoon when the vehicle abruptly hit a curb. Four children were taken to hospitals, reporting head or back pain. "We think the injuries are all minor," said Capt. Rich Cotterall of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who was at the scene. "But any time someone--especially kids--complains of head or back pain, you have to take it seriously." About 20 other children were treated at the scene, Cotterall said.
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July 30, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS and ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seven vehicles, including a school bus, collided Thursday in a bizarre chain-reaction accident that also involved two high school students and a jogger, but no one was seriously injured, authorities said. "The possibility for [the accident] having a tragic ending was there," said Carolyn Burch, principal of Francis Polytechnic High School, which two of the victims attend. The accident occurred about 8 a.m.
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July 14, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY
Alarmed that an airplane clipped two school buses last month, a Los Angeles City Council panel agreed Tuesday to ask federal authorities to report on safety issues involving Van Nuys Airport. Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, chairwoman of the council's Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said she wants the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board to report to the city on current safety standards at Van Nuys and whether improvements are possible.
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June 30, 1999
A charter plane that clipped two school buses in an emergency landing near Van Nuys Airport had no fuel left in its main tanks and fewer than six gallons in auxiliary tanks, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Further studies will be conducted to determine if the remaining fuel was sufficient to sustain engine power during an angled descent for landing, said Bob Crispin, NTSB air safety investigator.
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June 30, 1999 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A charter plane that clipped two school buses in an emergency landing near Van Nuys Airport had no fuel left in its main tanks and fewer than six gallons in auxiliary tanks, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Further studies will be conducted to determine if the remaining fuel was sufficient to sustain engine power during an angled descent for landing, said Bob Crispin, NTSB air safety investigator.
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June 24, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a near-catastrophe, a crippled airplane careened down a San Fernando Valley street Wednesday afternoon, clipping the front ends of two school buses carrying nearly 50 children but causing only two injuries. "The potential for tragedy was tremendous," said Los Angeles Police Capt. Joseph Curreri. "Only by the grace of God did more than 50 individuals escape serious injury or death." Both buses were damaged, and the plane's wingtip fuel tanks were sheared off.
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December 21, 1995
Two weeks after an accident between a city trash truck and a school bus that killed two 8-year-old boys, Mayor Richard Riordan on Wednesday called for a trio of reviews of the city's sanitation operation, and Councilman Richard Alarcon blasted city staffers for delaying a report on whether garbage truck mechanics should be moved from one department to another.
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October 9, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA
Three students from Ulysses S. Grant High School in Van Nuys were injured Thursday when rocks were thrown through the windows of their school bus near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. Two 14-year-old girls and an 18-year-old boy suffered minor cuts in the 7:15 p.m. attack at 9th Street and Vermont Avenue, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis. The injured teen-agers were treated at the scene.
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October 3, 1998
A car collided with a school bus carrying 17 students to Pacoima Middle School on Friday morning, causing minor injuries to two people in the car as well as the driver and six students in the bus. The accident occurred at 6:50 a.m. on the Santa Monica Freeway at the Golden State Freeway interchange when the unidentified 30-year-old male driver of a car abruptly changed lanes and rear-ended the bus, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Wendy Moore.
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