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Girl, 5, hit by runaway school bus in Moreno Valley

A bus hit a five-year-old girl in Moreno Valley Monday at about 2:30 p.m., critically injuring her.

At the time of the accident, the girl was standing on the sidewalk outside of Box Springs Elementary School, waiting to be picked up. A runaway school bus rolled down a hill as its driver was outside the bus, helping a special education student. The bus, occupied by only two children, jumped the sidewalk and struck the 5-year-old victim and pinned her against a guardrail. The school's principal, Sam Stager, and a teacher witnessed the accident and ran over to render aid. They immediately began CPR.

The victim was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center. She suffered a crushed pelvis, collapsed lung, broken leg and lacerated liver. Doctors had to remove her spleen.

According to the CHP, the school bus will be torn down in order to determine any mechanical problems that may have caused the accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as the result of an accident, you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about your right to compensation. Attorneys Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer of McGee, Lerer & Associates are a husband and wife team of personal injury attorneys who specialize in serious injury and wrongful death claims. We have extensive experience representing child injury victims and their families. Call us for a free consultation. We have offices in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Pasadena. An attorney at our firm is available 24/7. We charge nothing unless we collect money for you.