The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a recent accident involving a school bus and three other vehicles sent two people to area hospitals. Troopers say that the accident occurred in Eustis around 6:50 a.m. when a man tried to pass the school bus in a no-passing zone. They say that the bus and a pickup truck were westbound on Thrill Hill Road near County Road 44-A when the 53-year-old driver of the truck attempted to pass the bus while it stopped to pick up students. As the 53-year-old DeLand man tried to pass the Lake County school bus, he swerved into oncoming traffic. Troopers say that he swerved right again to avoid colliding head-on with a van driven by a 58-year-old Eustis man and struck the bus. This collision caused the man to lose control of his pickup truck, and he struck the oncoming van. The van swerved in an attempt to avoid the pickup truck and struck another vehicle driven by a 58-year-old Apopka man.
A truck accident has resulted in the death of a man driving a van who was hit by a semi-truck driving on State Road 33. Florida Highway Patrol officers investigated the fatal Florida truck accident that occurred on S.R. 33 near the intersection with Pine Island Road. The Orlando Sentinel claims that the tractor-trailer was driven by a 38-year-old Texas man who was southbound on S.R. 33 when he realized that he was heading in the wrong direction.
The Gainesville Sun recently described a teenager accused of stealing a truck owned by the State of Florida and causing three separate crashes on University Avenue. After causing the last of the accidents, the teen was rushed to Shands at the University of Florida for emergency surgery, but was expected to survive his injuries. One other person injured in the crash was hospitalized with injuries described as non-life threatening in the third truck accident that occurred at 100 E. University Avenue at 3:30 p.m.