School Bus Crashes Into Home

A school bus crashed into a home in Lincoln Park Wednesday afternoon after the driver appeared to suffer a medical issue, according to witnesses.

The accident happened near the intersection of Guymon Street and Euclid Avenue just after 4 p.m.  The driver was trying to turn left from Guymon onto Euclid when she hit a minivan and then veered into the home, according to one witness.

The bus was embedded into the home up to its passenger windows.

The residents, Rafael Flores and his elderly mother Martha Gonzalez, were not home at the time according to San Diego Fire spokesperson Maurice Luque. The Red Cross was called to help find them housing. 

Witnesses first reported to 911 that the driver was trapped inside the bus. Officers said a citizen passing by stopped and helped the driver before emergency crews arrived. According to Luque, the driver has been transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No children were on board the bus at the time of the crash, police said. A 44-year old woman and her 9-year old son in the minivan were transported to the hospital as a precaution according to Luque.

Another driver who witnessed the accident jumped into the back of the bus to check on the driver's condition and told news crews at the scene that the woman appeared to be suffering a seizure.

Northbound Euclid was closed as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

A structural engineer from the city is expected to check the safety of the home before it will be cleared for residents to return.

Rafael Flores has lived in the home with his mother for more than 30 years.  "I grew up in this house,"said Flores.

The bus destroyed the living room and a bedroom.  Despite losing so much, Flores still considers himself lucky.  "I'm very grateful, nobody was home.

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