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Boy Injured As School Bus Swerves Onto Sidewalk

By Minna Sugimoto

FOSTER VILLAGE (KHNL) - Children rush to get out of the way, as a school bus veers onto a sidewalk in Foster Village. A six-year-old boy is rushed to the hospital with a head injury.

Wendy Smotherman sits with one of three brothers who were walking home from school, when a bus came at them.

"I was kind of trying to console the middle brother," she said. "And he was saying that today, they had their party at school. It was the last day."

The driver of the Roberts Hawaii school bus tells police he felt the vehicle pull to the right just before he lost control.

"Right when it passed me, I heard the loud bang," Lisa Baker, witness, said. "I immediately looked in my rear-view mirror and saw the bus hit the curb."

The bus jumps onto the sidewalk, splits a utility pole in half, and heads for the three boys who scramble to get out of the way.

"I heard like the dust and the gravel and the scraping," Smotherman said. "And then I heard, I looked out and I saw the one boy lying in the middle of the street."

Witnesses weren't sure if the six-year-old was hit by the school bus, or fell and hit his head while trying to get out of the way. They say the driver rushed to the boy's side.

"He looked really upset like, you know, he did everything he could," Smotherman said.

People who live in the area say it could have been a lot worse.

"It could have been busy, after-school time, and the whole sidewalk could have been full," Baker said. "It could have been several kids hit and maybe fatalities."

"It's pretty horrific," Smotherman said. "I mean, I've lived here for 10 years. I've seen a number of accidents on this road, and this is the one that I think I'm going to remember the most."

Roberts Hawaii maintains the bus didn't hit the boy, and its mechanics are investigating what caused the vehicle to swerve.

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