Five Students Injured During a Rear-End Collision in Levy County
Although few details surrounding the incident have yet to be released to the public, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol have stated that five students required hospitalization on Wednesday after their school bus was rear-ended by a semi-truck while parked along U.S. Highway 19 in Levy County.
According to preliminary collision reports from the local authorities, it was just before 4 p.m. on March 30, 2022, when a Levy County bus carrying 10 students from Yankeetown Elementary School was traveling in the northbound direction of U.S. Highway 19 close to Southeast 140th Lane. As the school bus approached the stretch of highway in front of the Village Pines Mobile Community & RV Campground, the 56-year-old driver from Inglis proceeded to pull over to the shoulder of the road and activate the vehicle’s flashing safety lights in order to let the young passengers off of the bus.
For reasons that are currently under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, a 34-year-old man from Seffner, who was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer and driving in the same area, failed to yield for the stopped vehicle and slammed into the back of the school bus.
Multiple emergency responders and Levy County law enforcement agencies were dispatched to the scene of the school bus crash and found 5 students suffering from a variety of injuries. They were transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville where two of the children have been reported to be in serious condition. The driver of the tractor-trailer was unharmed in the accident, however, the driver of the school bus sustained minor injuries. It is unclear if they required further medical treatment. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts when the collision occurred.
Additional information surrounding this collision is expected to be issued at the conclusion of the case.
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