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Bus Hits House; No Children Aboard

From a Times staff writer

A school bus with no students on board careened out of control on a rain-slicked street this morning and crashed into the front door of a house in Reseda, officials said.

The bus driver, Cynthia Hankins, 24, of Los Angeles, was injured slightly, and a startled resident who watched the bus crash into her home wrenched her knee during the 8:15 a.m. accident in the 18600 block of Victory Boulevard.

“I was sitting on the couch by the window and I saw this bus make a 90-degree swing and start coming toward our house,” said Linda Ballard. “I kept thinking it was going to stop. But not even the house stopped it. I jumped up at the last second, and I guess I wrenched my knee.”

The bus crashed through the front porch, shattered front windows and knocked down the door of the house. Ballard’s mother, Ruby Cartwright, was in a rear bedroom when she heard the crash. “I was asleep and I thought it was an earthquake,” she said. “I came out and saw a school bus had kind of slid right in my front door.”

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Hankins was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where she was in stable condition. The extent of her injuries was not disclosed.


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