• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

5-year-old girl pinned under bus outside Moreno Valley school

An investigation is under way after a bus rolled backwards, striking and pinning a 5-year-old girl under its wheels outside Box Springs Elementary located on the 11900 block of Athens Drive on Monday, March 18, 2013.

March 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 5-year-old girl is recovering in the hospital after she was struck and pinned under a school bus at a Moreno Valley elementary school Monday.

The accident occurred on the 11900 block of Athens Drive around 2:25 p.m.

Investigators say the bus was parked at Box Springs Elementary when it rolled backwards, struck the girl and pinned her under the wheels.

The victim was standing on the sidewalk and waiting for a ride home when the bus hit her.

The underage victim was rushed to the hospital for surgery. Her injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

The driver said she was activating a wheelchair lift at the back of the bus when it started rolling.

The California Highway Patrol is handling the ongoing investigation.

A crisis team was brought to the school campus Tuesday to help students cope with the accident.

CNS contributed to this report.