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Photos: Schoolbus Impaled By Railroad Arm In South L.A.

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A school bus was impaled by a railroad-crossing arm Tuesday morning while trying to cross a set of tracks, just missing a young child.

A schoolbus was crossing the tracks near East 55th St. and Long Beach Ave. in South L.A. at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when a railroad-crossing arm went straight through the bus, popping out a window, KTLA reports. A child who was seated near where the arm penetrated the bus could be seen with the arm in his lap. Firefighters freed the boy and used a rotary saw to cut the arm and remove it from the bus.

"It was an unusual accident," LAFD spokesperson Erick Scott told the L.A. Times.

There were eight special needs students on board at the time of the incident, CBS Los Angeles reports. No one was seriously injured, though Officer Liliana Preciado told the Times that an ambulance was on hand to treat minor cuts. CHP is investigating, according to the Washington Times.

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