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TAKOMA PARK, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Police in Takoma Park say two kindergarten students were injured when they fell from the emergency exit of a moving school bus.

The 5- and 6-year-old boys got on the bus on Maplewood Avenue on Wednesday morning and were sitting in a row by the side emergency door exit. Police say a strap on one of the boys’ backpacks became tangled with the door’s latch, the door opened and they fell out.

“At some point, a strap of their backpack got caught on a latch for the emergency exit door. And this bus was taking a turn and going over a speed bump at the same time, and when that happened the backpack lifted up and the latch lifted up,” said Dana Tofig, spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools.

Both boys were taken to the hospital with injuries that police say aren’t considered life-threatening.

A letter went home to parents explaining what happened. Montgomery County School officials say this is the first time they can recall something like this happening.

School officials said the bus is out of service pending an investigation.

“It does not appear that there was any malfunction in this case, it was just a very unusual set of circumstances,” Tofig said.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this story. Follow Mark on Twitter.

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