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A driver apparently lost control of her car this morning at 600 East and 1700 South and slammed into the side of a Salt Lake City school bus. The students on board were not hurt.

The bus driver suddenly slammed on his brakes after the car clawed into the bus's front side.

"The young lady that was driving was having issues with her children, I guess, and wasn't watching closely," bus driver Serge Burton said. Burton told KSL the car and bus "just came together."

Car collides with school bus

The bus was headed to Hillside Middle School.

"It's not an easy thing to do," Burton said, "to have someone else's children and get into this situation."

The driver of the car is in fair condition. She was cited for improper lookout, allowing herself to be distracted by her children in the car.

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Scott Freitag said there were two special-needs students on the bus. He says they were wearing seat belts and were not injured. He also said the two children in the car were not hurt.

The students continued on to school on board a different bus.

You can listen to KSL's interview with the bus driver by clicking the link on this page.

E-mail: tcallan@ksl.com

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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