Vehicle Hits Several Students in California

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Belmont, California (AP) - A vehicle struck several pedestrians outside a middle school Wednesday afternoon, police said.

A police dispatcher said as many as seven pedestrians were struck around 12:30 p.m. outside Ralston Middle School in Belmont, about 25 miles south of San Francisco.

Police said they had not confirmed the names or ages of the vicims. The extent of their injuries was unknown.

A witness who called radio station KCBS-AM said the victims were children and that the vehicle was a SUV that jumped the curb and struck them as they were walking on a sidewalk.

"It happened right as school let out so I'm sure a lot of students saw what happened," said Lawrence Chu, office manager at Fellowship Bible Church, which is near the school.

The church's pastor, who is also the Belmont police chaplain, went to the school to counsel students shaken up after witnessing the crash, Chu said.