The accident happened when the bus apparently crashed into a pole

Graeme Massie Los Angeles

Two people were seriously injured and seven others needed hospital treatment for minor injuries after a shuttle bus crash at Los Angeles International Airport.

The accident involving the LAX-operated bus for passengers crashed at around 12.20pm on Thursday as it made its way around the airport, Los Angele Fire Department officials say.

Authorities initially said that there were 30 people on board the bus but later revised that to 23 passengers and the vehicle’s driver.

The accident happened when the bus apparently crashed into a pole, news footage from the scene showed.

No details have been given about the nature of the injuries suffered by those hurt in the incident.

Officials say that no one on the ground was injured in the crash, which took place near Terminal 1 at the airport, which was the fifth busiest in the US and the world in 2021 when it handled 48m passengers.

“Two patients were transported in *at least* serious condition and seven patients were transported with minor, non-life threatening injuries. (no further patient information available) There was no entrapment and no fire hazard. All patients were onboard the shuttle, no one on the ground was injured,” said LAFD on social media.

Airport officials tweeted that the eastbound side of the upper level return was closed, and traffic was being diverted around the airport.

“Please be aware of current traffic impacts at the airport,” they wrote.