Pedestrian struck and injured by school bus in San Dimas

SAN DIMAS — A man was hospitalized in unknown condition after being struck by a Bonita Unified School District bus early Wednesday, authorities said.
The incident took place about 8:40 a.m. on Arrow Highway at Rennell Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg said.
The man, who is in his 60s, suffered head injury and was taken by ambulance to the trauma center at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, California Highway Patrol Officer Rick Green said. An update on his condition was no available.
There were eight elementary school-age special needs children aboard the bus, along with a female driver, Green said. No one on the bus was injured.
The pedestrian was walking north in a crosswalk across Arrow Highway when he was struck by the bus, which was making a left turn from southbound Rennell Avenue to eastbound Arrow Highway, Green said.
“She said the sun was in her eyes, so she never saw him,” the officer said.
It appeared the man was mainly struck by the side view mirror of the bus, and possibly struck his head on the ground as he fell, Green said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, however under the California Vehicle Code, it appeared the pedestrian had the right of way, Green added.
The driver estimated the bus was moving at about 5 mph when it struck the man, the officer said.
Investigators had yet to interview the injured pedestrian, Green said, who was believed to be en route to a nearby medical clinic when struck.
Authorities initially called for a helicopter to respond to the scene to rush the injured pedestrian to the hospital, however he was ultimately hospitalized by ambulance, Green said.
As in all school bus crashes in which children are on board in California, the incident is being investigated by the CHP.
No citations or arrests were made Wednesday morning.

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