Fiery Daytona Beach Bus Crash Kills Volusia County Employee
According to preliminary collision reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, a Volusia County employee was tragically killed on June 28th, 2021, after the company vehicle he was driving rear-ended a Votran bus along International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach.
It was approximately 8 a.m. when officers with the Florida Highway Patrol were dispatched to a section of International Speedway Boulevard near Indian Lake Road in response to an auto accident involving two vehicles. As troopers arrived at the scene, they discovered that the collision was between a Votran bus and a Volusia County utility truck, the latter of which was on fire.
Despite the heroic efforts of witnesses who attempted to assist the injured 52-year-old truck driver, there was nothing they could do to rescue the county employee from the vehicle and he passed away before rescue teams were able to help. “We tried to smash the windows and let the air out, because he was a little too much clogged up with smoke inside. When you see it. He’s right there, still with you alive, trying as much as he can to actually fight for his life and he was fighting for his life and we tried. We really tried,” one of the witnesses said.
Fourteen of the fifteen passengers of the Votran bus were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The 62-year-old bus driver was treated for minor injuries as well.
Although the investigation into this rear-end collision is currently ongoing, authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol and additional Volusia County detectives have already started to piece together the timeline of events leading up to the deadly auto accident. At this time, police believe that the South Daytona city employee was driving the county utility truck in the eastern direction on International Speedway Boulevard when, for reasons that are currently unknown, he crashed into the back of the Votran bus which was idling at a bus stop by Indian Lake Road during a passenger pickup/dropoff.
Since 1977, Volusia County auto accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been fighting the rights of victims who have been seriously injured or killed in a car crash. If you would like to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY for an appointment.
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.