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Fire Truck vs. School Bus Accident Sends Two to Hospital

The school bus was carrying 48 students when it turned in front of a fire truck responding to an emergency.

A school bus carrying 48 elementary school students was hit at about 3 p.m. today when it turned in front of a fire truck responding to an emergency, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to the FHP report:

Two students were taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center with minor injuries. James B. McKinney, 73, who was driving the school bus, was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

The school bus was traveling south on Rye Road and approaching the intersection of 18th Place East when a fire truck responding to an automobile fire was also traveling south on Rye Road with its emergency lights and sirens activated. The fire truck got into the northbound lane of Rye Road to pass yielding vehicles but the school bus driver didn't see or hear the emergency vehicle and turned left onto 18th Place East in front of the fire truck.

The left front of fire truck struck the right side of the school bus. Two school bus passengers were taken to Lakewood Ranch Hospital with minor injuries.

There were a total of 48 students from Witt Elementary on the school bus, according to Margi Nanney, a spokesperson for the school district. Some parents met the school bus and took their children home. Others were transferred to another bus and were taken to their bus stops.

Douglas R. Spriggs, 48, was driving the Pierce Enforcer fire truck involved in the accident, according to the FHP report.

Sophia December 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
73 driving a school bus? really? "didn't hear or see" a huge fire truck coming...hmmm!? he shouldn't be driving any vehicle, especially not a bus with 47 other lives in it!
Kristen Hartman December 19, 2012 at 12:47 AM
No wonder I saw teen getting off the bus about 5:30 in a neighborhood near there. They were just getting home. Poor kids, this has been a tough week for kids.
Mike December 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM
That's my daughters bus. The driver is the most observant, safety minder driver we have ever had. He goes over and over and above to make sure the kids are safe. He runs a tight ship.
Chris December 19, 2012 at 06:44 PM
My 2 kids ride the same bus. The drive is VERY responsible and I trust my kid's safety with him. Mistakes happen.
Sophia December 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Would you 2 be saying the same kind words if the outcome was worse? There comes a time when driving priviledges are just that, a priviledge to be in control of a deadly weapon. Seriously, the school board should have age restrictions and safety reaction time guidelines. Glad my kids aren't on a bus to get to school...

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