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Students on Tulare school bus rescued from sinkhole

Forty-seven Tulare County students were rescued from a school bus that dropped into a sinkhole Tuesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The incident took place about 2:30 p.m. at Avenue 196 east of Road 96, south of Tulare.

A CHP spokesman said Palo Verde School District bus driver Richard Howard was westbound on 196 east of 96 when he halted the bus for a stop sign and the right rear wheel dropped into the ground, causing the bus to lean to its side. The driver helped the students get safely off the bus. Officers found no one had been injured and a second bus took the students on their way.

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