School Bus Overturns in Ditch in Gadsden County, Florida; Four Students Injured
GADSDEN COUNTY, FL. – According to an online news story reported at wctv.tv, a school bus overturned into a ditch on January 17 in Gadsden County, Florida. Four students were injured in the collision, and authorities issued a citation to the bus driver.*
The accident occurred in the early evening on January 17 in Gretna, Florida. A bus from Gadsden County Schools was traveling on 5th Street around 5:30 p.m., and the driver apparently tried to avoid a pothole in the road. It is not clear what direction the bus was traveling. While the driver attempted to drive around the hole, the bus left the road and entered the ditch on the side of the roadway.
The bus then turned onto its side in the eastern portion of the ditch. Florida Highway Patrol reported that four students were injured in the accident. Emergency crews took these students to Capital Regional Medical Center in Quincy, Florida, for treatment. Their injuries were reportedly minor. Their ages and names have not been released.
It is not clear if the injured students were the only students on board the bus at the time. The school system has not yet issued a public comment regarding the accident.
The bus driver, 52-year-old Odis Gammon (city not reported), was not injured. Original news reports indicated that Gammon “swerved to avoid a mud puddle,” and Gammon issued a statement refuting that information. His statement said: “I didn’t swerve to avoid a mud puddle. I tried to ease by a hole in the road, and the ground edge of the ditch of the dirt road gave way. I do that every workday going on this road.”
Florida Highway Patrol said Gammon received a citation for careless driving. No other information has been released at this time.
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