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Five students taken to hospital after school bus crash in Yuba County

Five students were taken to a hospital emergency room as a precautionary measure following a school bus crash in rural Yuba County.

The crash occurred about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday on Texas Hill Road east of Rices Texas Hill Road, in the foothills. A bus with 14 students, ages 6 to 9, was headed to a Yuba County charter school when the bus had to use an alternate route because of a downed tree, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The driver was traveling too fast for the road configuration, and the bus left the roadway on the far side of a sharp right turn, according to the CHP. The bus tilted onto its left side as it approached a steep embankment, but heavy vegetation in the area prevented it from overturning.

No one on board the bus suffered visible injuries, but the CHP reported that five students were taken by ambulance to the Rideout Memorial Hospital emergency room in Marysville as a precaution.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, the news release said.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews