first_imgThe driver of a sport-utility vehicle suffered serious head injuries this morning after she ran a red light, causing a spectacular three-car wreck that included a minivan full of children and a school bus, authorities said. Christy Bentancourt, 28, of Reseda ran a red light about 7:45 a.m. while heading north on Sepulveda Boulevard at Camarillo Street in Sherman Oaks. A minivan traveling west on Camarillo broad-sided Bentancourt’s vehicle, sending it airborne, CHP Officer Leland Tang said. It flipped in the air and landed upside-down atop a school bus stopped on Sepulveda, crushing the bus’s hood and windshield. “The bus driver is just sitting there, waiting behind the limit line for the light to turn green, and this blue Jeep Liberty lands on top of his front windshield,” Tang said. “It’s like something you see in a TV show or something.” The Jeep didn’t stop when it crashed into the bus. It kept flying through the air and flipped back over, landing on its wheels in front of an apartment building at 4809 Sepulveda Blvd. Grisel Hernandez, the bus’ driver, suffered minor injuries. Hernandez, 40, of Van Nuys was taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital for observation, Tang said. The only two children on the bus, both first-graders at Pine Crest Elementary School, were uninjured. Michael Noji, 40, the minivan’s driver, was uninjured. He had five children in the van, and one was treated by paramedics for minor injuries. Bentancourt suffered serious head injuries, Tang said. She was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. “We’re really, really lucky that none of the kids were hurt,” Tang said. “We’re lucky that the only major injury was the woman that ran the red light.” — Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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