PALMDALE WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH INTO SCHOOL BUS AT INTERSECTION.
A motorist was killed Tuesday when she drove out of a side street into the path of a school bus traveling at 45 mph down 30th Street East, authorities said.
The school bus driver and the bus's sole passenger, a five-year-old boy on his way to kindergarten at Mesquite School, escaped with very minor injuries, authorities said.
``He was more upset than anything,'' California Highway Patrol officer Charles Gilliland said of the boy. ``He probably had some bumps and bruises from being thrown into the aisle.''
The woman motorist was identified only as a Palmdale woman in her early 60s. Her name was not immediately released while officials tried to locate her family.
The intersection at 30th Street East and Avenue R-8 is a frequent scene of crashes caused by motorists who fail to stop for the two-way stop signs for Avenue R-8, or who pull out without seeing oncoming vehicles, a neighbor said.
``They have accidents here all the time,'' said Elias Rodriguez, whose home backs up to the corner. ``This is the second one in three weeks. I think in the past four months there have been at least four.''
The last fatal crash was about two years ago, he said.
Gilliland said the Palmdale School District bus, operated by the Durham Transportation Inc., was driving south at 45 mph in a 50 mph zone on four-lane 30th Street East when the late-model Buick sedan drove in front of it from Avenue R-8.
Witnesses said the westbound Buick was traveling about 30 mph when it entered the intersection, Gilliland said. He said there was no evidence whether its driver failed to stop for the stop sign for Avenue R-8, or whether she stopped but pulled out without seeing the bus.
The bus hit the Buick's front right fender, spinning the car halfway around, then jumped the curb and scraped against a backyard block wall.
Bus driver Mary Campbell, 30, of Lancaster said she didn't know if applied the brakes before the crash, Gilliland said.
``All she knows is (the car) appeared there and then she hit the wall,'' Gilliland said.
Photo: (Ran in SAC and AV--color in AV only) A Calipfornia Highway Patrol officer works at the scene of Tuesday morning's fatal crash in Palmdale.
Jeff Goldwater/Daily News