It was while students from Lake Nona High School were traveling on the bus towards their various homes that something happened within the cab to cause a water hose to begin violently spraying water all throughout the vehicle’s interior. At the time of this writing, the reasons behind the malfunction are not clear, and all we know for certain is that the bus was carrying 37 students and drawing near to the intersection of Narcoossee Road and Kirby Smith Road when the unknown circumstance took place that caused the hose to begin gushing water.
A spokesperson for the Orange County Public Schools spoke to alarmed parents and reporters after the incident to provide the most complete version of the facts to date. In their statement, the spokesperson said that the incident happened suddenly and unexpectedly and that the authorities are still working to figure out whether it was a mechanical problem or some other issue that caused the hose to explode.
The spokesperson also reported that at least one of the injuries occurred when a student attempted to jump from the bus before it had made a full stop. This student was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital where they were admitted as a trauma alert.
Another student was seriously injured for reasons that were not included in the report but required them to be transported to Nemours Children’s Hospital where they were placed on basic life support.
Two other students were injured while disembarking from the bus, however it does not appear that their injures warranted anything other than the preliminary medical care that was offered by the paramedics that arrived on the scene as a part of the first responder group.
A crew from Orange County Fire Rescue was also on hand to assist with the evacuation of the bus as well as help with the initial investigation into why the hose began spraying water. The entire circumstance is still under investigation while authorities with the Orange County Public Schools work with various emergency response groups to reconstruct the scene as it happened and evaluate what the proper remedial steps might be to ensure that something like this never takes place again.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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