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First Student School bus collides with car on Louise just east of Union Road
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A Manteca firefighter walks the driver of a vehicle that was hit by a small First Student School bus to a waiting ambulance. Another firefighter prepares to load an injured passenger on a gurney into the ambulance. - photo by GLENN KAHL

A small First Student school bus taking five children home Thursday afternoon reportedly clipped the rear of a 1992 Buick Century as it was turning into a driveway of a service station convenience store on Louise Avenue at Union Road about 4 p.m.

An elderly passenger in the sedan was complaining of pain and taken to a waiting ambulance along with the passenger who was walked to the transport unit by a firefighter.  Both were taken to an area hospital to be checked for their injuries.

Emergency personnel were concerned about the five children on the bus who were frightened by the incident but were unhurt.  Firefighters got onto the bus and sat with the children attempting to keep them calm, assuring each of them that they were going to be OK and that their parents would be coming to pick them up soon.

The bus sustained damage to the right front of the vehicle coming to a stop just east of the service station driveway.  The bus was equipped with seat belts for the children.

Since a school bus was involved two units from the California Highway Patrol arrived on the scene to investigate the accident.  The last of the children to be taken out of the bus walked towards the ambulance holding hands with both the bus driver and an ambulance EMT.