Seven fifth-graders on an outing with classmates were taken to hospitals for precautionary examinations Tuesday after diesel fuel splashed on them when a school bus became disabled by a mechanical problem.

The bus driver pulled onto the right shoulder of the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway near the interchange with the Foothill (210) Freeway about 10:30 a.m. after the vehicle’s fuel line ruptured, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Saul Gomez.

Forty students from Sunrise Elementary School in Boyle Heights were aboard the bus, accompanied by two teachers, on an outing to Clear Creek Camp, said Luz Castellanos of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.

The partnership is a nonprofit organization that manages several schools in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the city of Los Angeles and the philanthropic sector.

“Seven female students were exposed to diesel fuel when the fuel pump malfunctioned,” Castellanos said. “Paramedics were called to the scene, and the seven girls were taken to three area hospitals as a precaution.”

By 4:30 p.m., all seven students had been sent home, with no injuries reported.

City News Service

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