It was a frightening trip to school on Tuesday morning, April 19, for some Jacksonville elementary school children after their bus T-boned a motorist who had run a red light. The Florida Times-Union reported that five out of 23 children on the bus were taken to Baptist Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after the 7:50 a.m. collision.
The bus was heading to Love Grove Elementary School when the crash occurred at the intersection of University Boulevard and Coronet Lane on the Southside. According to Jacksonville police, the driver of a Mercury car pulled into the intersection and was hit by the school bus, causing the car to rotate and hit a truck before coming to a rest. The bus driver also hurt her leg but declined a trip to the hospital.
Two mothers arrived on the scene to take their children to their own doctors for evaluation. The children said they lurched forward when the accident happened and at least one fell on the floor of the bus and another had neck and head pain. An investigation of the Jacksonville bus accident is ongoing and law enforcement tells the newspaper that the driver of the Mercury will be cited for the collision.
The Jacksonville bus accident attorneys of Farah & Farah hope you never get a call that your child has been involved in a school bus accident.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in a 2004 report found that a total of six children were killed in school bus-related crashes in the state between 1998 and 2002, with the majority of fatalities occurring as children loaded or unloaded the bus.
It is often the motorist who causes a school bus collision and while front impact accidents cause the most injuries, a rear-end crash is more common. If you see a motorist who fails to stop at a bus safety stop sign you are encouraged to call 1-888-STOP-4-Kids, a hotline set up to report motorists who violate the safety of children around a school bus.