RICHMOND, Calif. — A commuter bus was hit by a stolen car and smashed into a San Francisco Bay area home as a mother and two small children sat inside, sending 11 people to the hospital but none with serious injuries, police said.
The driver of the stolen Honda learned he was being followed by police and sped up at about 6 p.m. Friday, police told the Contra-Costa Times.
The AC Transit bus tried to get out of the way but clipped the car and smashed into the side of the house, police said.
A photograph from KGO-TV showed the right front of the bus crashed through a window and overturned a couch and other furniture.
The three people inside the home — the mother, a 3-month-old baby and a 5-year-old girl — were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police Lt. Andre Hill told several media outlets.
The bus missed the baby, who was sitting alone in a bouncy chair in the living room, by just a few feet.
“It could have been a whole lot worse,” Hill told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Eight people from the bus including the driver were also taken to the hospital, but their injuries were not serious.
Hill said police were searching for the driver of the stolen car and took a passenger, the driver’s younger brother, into custody.
Richmond is located about 15 miles northeast of San Francisco.