Dozens of Bakersfield 6th graders got a scare Thursday when one of the charter buses they were riding in rear-ended another injuring at least five. Panama Buena Vista School District officials said the kids were on their way to Chino for a field trip.
School officials said four kids and one adult were transported to the hospital, but the rest returned to Stockdale Elementary just before 3 p.m.
Kids said although the field trip didn't go as planned, it's one they'll never forget. School officials said it happened on Highway 210 around 10:30 a.m.
Two charter buses carrying Panama Buena Vista 6th graders from the district's gifted and talented program were traveling to Chino to see the Planes of Fame Air Museum. School officials said traffic suddenly stopped. The first bus stopped, but the second bus driver couldn't brake in time, rear-ending the first bus.
Kids on the bus said they were scared.
"When it happened yes, I was like terrified. I didn't know what happened until like for ten minutes," said student Ariel Omiyi.
"Pretty much everyone on the bus had a headache and like were sore," said Elisabeth Ward. "Some people had bloody noses and black eyes. I was pretty lucky I didn't get hurt or anything."
School officials said the kids were stuck on the highway for two hours before two other buses came to pick the kids up.
Paramedics treated several students and adults, including a chaperone who lost a tooth.
The five transported to the hospital complained of knee and neck pain.
The school said it plans to reschedule the trip since the kids never made it to the museum.