Roosevelt High School accident leaves 11 students injured when truck hit bus stop in Southeast, Fresno

Fresno, CA – A tragic accident unfolded near Roosevelt High School in Fresno on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the injury of 11 students after a car crashed into a FAX bus stop. The incident occurred around 3:30 pm in the vicinity of Tulare and Cedar avenues.

According to Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer, the accident was caused by a 16-year-old driver who was speeding in a truck when he collided with the bus stop, where approximately 20 students were waiting. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, and all 11 injured students were transported to local hospitals with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

Mayor Dyer expressed relief that the injuries were not more severe, with most injuries reported as potentially including broken bones and back injuries. The accident could have had far graver consequences.

Black truck at the site of incident at Cedar and Tulare avenues at Roosevelt High School streetBlack truck at the site of incident at Cedar and Tulare avenues at Roosevelt High School street

Following the crash, the 16-year-old driver pulled over but attempted to flee the scene along with his 14-year-old sister, who was a passenger in the vehicle. They were picked up by a family member, believed to be their mother. Police later intercepted the vehicle at Ventura and Orange avenues, leading to the arrest of the 16-year-old driver. He is now in custody and will be held accountable for his actions.

The incident is currently under investigation as a hit-and-run.

The Fresno Unified School District released a statement addressing the accident, acknowledging that several Roosevelt High School students were affected by the out-of-control vehicle while waiting at the FAX bus stop. Emergency responders and the Fresno Unified emergency response team provided immediate support, with mental health resources being deployed to assist those impacted.

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The incident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of safety and vigilance in school zones and areas frequented by students. It also highlights the need for continued efforts to protect students as they travel to and from school. Community leaders, including Fresno City Councilman Luis Chavez and Fresno Unified Trustee Susan Wittrup, have called for increased measures to ensure the safety of students in and around schools.

As the community comes to terms with this tragic event, thoughts and prayers are extended to the injured students, their families, and the entire school community.

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