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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving school bus carrying middle school students jumped a curb, plowed into trees and a lamp post, and came to rest tilting sideways, leaving 12 people injured, three of them critically, authorities said.
The most seriously hurt in the Thursday afternoon crash was the driver, who had to be cut from the bus and pulled through the windshield before he was taken by ambulance to University of California, Irvine Medical Center, authorities said.
Two students were also in critical condition, and nine others had more minor injuries, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said. Most were released to their parents.
Student Jak Pintches, 14, said the bus went off the road during a turn.
"I flew out of my seat and hit the other side of the bus" and injured his back, the teenager told the Orange County Register.
Part of a tree went into the bus and cut a girl's leg, he said.
After the crash, someone ran up and told everyone to get off because the bus was leaking gasoline, he said.
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