Truck Strikes School Bus in Florida In Tragic Collision
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL- Brproud.com writes that a man driving a pickup truck died in a crash with a school bus in Hernando County earlier this week. The tragic incident occurred on US Highway 19 when the driver, a 69-year-old man from Crystal River, struck the back of the bus.*
The bus had slowed at Bourassa Boulevard and Commercial Way to give a pedestrian time to cross at the marked crosswalk. However, the victim failed to slow down in time and collided with the larger vehicle. Ten students on their way to the Winding Waters school in Weeki Wachee suffered injuries in the collision. Reports do not indicate the ages of the injured students, nor did they include the severity of their injuries. Based on statements made by school officials, all of the students are expected to recover.
The school is supporting students after the frightening event. District officials stated that the bus involved is equipped with seatbelts for students, which is far from universal across the United States. The vehicles were both removed from the scene in the early afternoon. The collision is still being investigated, and at this time, it is not clear why the victim failed to see the bus as it slowed down. Images from the scene show the pickup truck wedged beneath the rear of the school bus. The back of the bus sustained significant damage, but the truck appears mangled and crumpled on its front end.
According to the NHTSA, school buses are considered the safest vehicles on the road, even without seat belts. Most people injured and killed in school bus-related crashes are not people riding on the bus at the time of the collision.
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Sources:https://www.brproud.com/news/man-dead-10-children-hospitalized-after-truck-hits-school-bus-in-florida/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-bus-safety