Children injured in wayward school bus

April 7, 2008 at 7:47 PM
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CLEVELAND, April 7 (UPI) -- School children on an out-of-control school bus in Cleveland were jumping off the bus as it rolled down a hill, a witness said, and at least 10 were injured.

Rescue personnel transported at least 10 of the children to local hospitals after the bus crashed into a bridge.

While the bus driver was in a gas station restroom, the bus began rolling down a hill toward the city's Central Viaduct, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Monday.

"The kids were in a panic -- they were jumping off,'' said Conner Strickland, manager of the Marathon gas station.

"I was scared. I was terrified for the kids,'' said Strickland, who chased after the bus.

The newspaper reported that one of the boys aboard tried to reach the brake. When he failed, he and others jumped from the wayward bus.

"My heart almost jumped out of my chest,'' Strickland said. "I have kids of my own.''

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