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Mayor, LAUSD Super React to Yesterday's Fatal School Bus Crash

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As the new school day begins at Roosevelt High School, officials are speaking out about yesterday's deadly accident involving a LAUSD school bus.

In a statement issued by the LAUSD, Superintendent Ramon Cortines expressed gratitude to the crews responding to the scene of the fatal crash, which involved a vehicle running a red light and causing the crash with the school bus, and the death of a pedestrian. The bus flipped on its side and skidded down the road following impact.

54 students from Roosevelt were on board, and 16 of them were taken to the hospital for treatment. The bus driver, whose injuries are reportedly more serious than others on board, remains hospitalized. The school has set up counseling for students who were upset by the accident. This morning Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was at the campus to talk about the incident and the students' well-being.

"Most of them are under shock," said Villaraigosa during a live interview on KTLA. "You know, they're feeling the trauma of having been in a pretty serious event that could have been even more serious."

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Cortines adds: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of the individual who was killed in this accident. It is always unfortunate when someone losses their life as a result of a senseless act.”

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