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Wrong Way Driver Who Hit Bus Could Face Charges

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A driver going the wrong way on a freeway off-ramp smashed head-on into a school bus. (credit: CBS)

A driver going the wrong way on a freeway off-ramp smashed head-on into a school bus. (credit: CBS)

RIVERSIDE (AP) — Prosecutors are considering filing multiple charges against a man accused of intentionally ramming a school bus head-on in Southern California.

Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Melissa Nieburger says investigators submitted their report to prosecutors on Thursday.

They asked that Joseph Anthony Garcia be charged with eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one each for the seven students onboard and their driver.

Three students and the driver were treated for minor injuries after the crash Wednesday in Pedley. Garcia is hospitalized with moderate injuries.

Authorities say the 44-year-old Garcia tried to climb a fence on a State Route 60 overpass but failed, then got into his car and struck the bus on an off-ramp.

It wasn’t immediately clear when prosecutors might decide whether to file charges.

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