Fortunately, there were no school children on a school bus during an early morning accident in Pinellas County, Wednesday, September 1, according to WTSP. The crash happened about 6 a.m. when a pickup truck was turning off 130th Street onto Ulmerton Road attempting to go east. He crossed westbound traffic, which included the school bus.
The bus hit the front passenger side of the pickup. Two people were inside. The driver died and the passenger was taken to Bayfront Hospital. There is no word on his or her condition or whether they were wearing seat belts. All lanes were closed for some time. The bus driver was taken away on a stretcher. There is no word on his condition at this time. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the man driving the pickup truck.
School Bus Statistics
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, the training of our school bus drivers is a critical link to the safety and welfare of our students.
School buses are considered a safe mode of transportation. Between 1998 and 2002, six children died in school bus crashes in Florida. Four children were killed while loading or unloading from a school bus.
And a high percentage of the 4,830 school bus crashes were attributed to the fault of other drivers, according to the state.
In this case, we have no idea why the pickup turned in front of traffic, but it does not appear there was anything the school bus driver could have done to avoid the accident.
If you or a loved one is injured in a school bus or because of public transportation, the experienced Florida bus accident attorneys at Farah & Farah will advocate for you and determine the at-fault party that may be responsible for your injuries and compensation.