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Bakersfield students safely return home after multi-car crash in Simi Valley, field trip rescheduled

Posted at 6:12 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 21:22:21-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Fifth graders from Horizon Elementary in Bakersfield are back home after they were involved in a multi-car crash Tuesday Morning.

According to school officials, the students and teachers were on their way to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley when they were involved in the incident. The CHP reported that the crash happened around 9 a.m.near Madera Road. The pileup involved 43 people in four separate vehicles, including the charter bus.

According to Greenfield Union Elementary School District's Superintendent Ramon Hendrix, three students were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and the rest of the students walked away with no injuries. The three students with minor injuries were evaluated and released Tuesday morning. There were four buses headed to the library but only one of the buses were involved in the incident.

23ABC News spoke to 10-year-old Stacy Martinez who was not on the bus involved in the crash but her friend was.

"He made a Snapchat that they crashed and that’s how I found out," Martinez explained. "It was a video that he was on the bus and there was firefighters outside and that’s all.”

Hendrix also said that all students and staff were not able to finish the field trip and was home via Classic Charters after conducting interviews with CHP officials.

“Our staff and our parents were awesome and our students were very well behaved during this crisis," Hendrix said. "We're very proud of everyone involved.”

Hendrix said that the field trip will be rescheduled for a later date.

The cause of the pileup is still under investigation.