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Eleven children were injured after a Bakersfield City School District bus crash in downtown Bakersfield this morning.

The California Highway Patrol said at around 8:30 a.m., a bus carrying 40 to 50 kids was heading westbound on 17th street when it entered the intersection and struck a vehicle that was heading northbound on Chester Avenue.

Eleven kids sustained minor injuries in the crash and several of them were transported to a local hospital. Others were treated at the scene or had a parent take them to the hospital, the department said.

Both vehicles also sustained minor damage in the collision.

CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez, spokesman for the Bakersfield division, said both parties claimed they had the green light at the intersection.

“Obviously one of them didn’t have a green light,” he said. “The bus has cameras, so we’re going to look at those and see who really had the green light.”

Following the collision, Rodriguez said BCSD sent another bus to take the kids who weren’t injured to their original destination of Franklin Elementary.

Joseph Luiz can be reached at 395-7368 or by email at jluiz@bakersfield.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @JLuiz_TBC. 

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