- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A school bus and a big rig have crashed in central California, sending 15 people to local hospitals with moderate and minor injuries.

The California Highway Patrol said the collision occurred about 2 p.m. Monday at South Elm and East Central Avenues in Fresno County.

The CHP said the 3,000-gallon gasoline truck was overturned in the crash, and that the intersection was blocked.

Linda Dominguez, a business manager at Orange Center Elementary School District, told the Fresno Bee that the bus was bringing students home.

“The bus looks pretty mangled, and the truck that was involved looked pretty damaged,” she said, adding that the bus is one of two used by the district and the only one with seatbelts.

Fresno County Emergency Medical Services Director Daniel Lynch said the bus was carrying 29 children, ranging in age from 6 to 14, according to the Bee.

The Bee reported that 15 people were taken to local hospitals, four with moderate injuries and 11 with minor ones.

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