School Bus Crash In East Manatee Injures Students

A crash in eastern Manatee county between a school bus and a commercial bus has been reported by the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP stated that the crash began as a bus from Manatee County Public Schools was transporting twenty nine students from Nolan Middle School on State Road 64.

Driven by fifty year old bus driver Tammy Hartley, the bus was stopped in the westbound lanes of SR64 close the stop at 411th Street East.

At roughly the same time bus driver sixty six year old Sergio Rodriguez was driving a Freightliner commercial bus transporting 49 adult workers also on the westbound lanes of state road 64.

For reasons unknown Rodriguez did not notice the stopped school bus in time to avoid a collision, and the Freightliner bus crashed into the rear of the school bus.

The collision resulted in fifteen Nolan Middle School students sustaining minor injuries, none serious enough to require a hospital stay.

Neither the driver nor the passengers in the Freightliner bus were injured in the crash.

Troopers have stated that Rodriguez has been charged with careless driving.

Seven Students Injured In Englewood School Bus Accident

Seven students and a driver suffered minor injuries after the school bus they were in was  in a multi-vehicle accident involving two pick up trucks.

The crash happened at the intersection of Bantry Boulevard and Cedar Road shortly after 7a.m. when eighteen year old, Brandon Blumberg driving a pickup truck rear ended the school bus. After colliding with the back of the school bus Blumberg was then struck by an other pick up truck driven by forty-three year old Christopher Weir from Placidia.

The driver of the school bus, sixty-four year old Barbara Kirkpatrich from Englewood, sustained minor injuries in the accident.

Seven students on board the bus also receive injures described as ‘very minor’. The driver of the first pick up, Brandon Blumberg suffered minor injuries, as well as both the driver and passenger of the second pick up, Christopher Weir and 16 year old Mikaylah Chafins.

All of the injured parties were taken to Englewood Hospital for Treatment.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers stated Blumberg will be charged with careless driving.

Tire-Blowout Causes Crash With School Bus Near Fruitville Road

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash on interstate 75 near Fruitville Road involved a school bus transporting 50 students and three other vehicles.

The accident happened when the tire on a Chevy Silverado traveling on I-75 blew out causing the pickup truck and another car to slow down to avoid a crash.

However a School Bus with fifty students and two chaperones from Port Charlotte was unable to slow down in time to avoid rear-ending one of the vehicles. The car struck by the bus was thrust forward and in turn rear-ended another vehicle.

Fortunately no one was injured in the accident however one of the vehicle involved fled the scene.

The driver of the Chevy pickup 45 year old Mitchelle Barnes was given a ticket for no proof of insurance and driving with faulty equipment.

Sarasota School Bus Crashes Into Garbage Truck With 26 Students

A crash between a garbage truck and a school bus from Sarasota county schools carrying 26 kids caused minor injuries.

Officers from the Sarasota County Fire Department reported that of the 26 students on the school bus at the time of the accident, 9 had to be treated for minor injuries which included bruises and cuts.

The driver of the garbage truck was also injured in the crash, and taken to the hospital but the driver’s status is not known.

Sarasota police reported that the accident occurred at the intersection of Tuttle and Ringling when the driver of the school bus who was apparently using a mobile phone at the time of the collision, failed to stop in time to avoid hitting the garbage truck. The school bus smashed into the rear of the Garbage truck after a traffic signal change.

After the collision the hurt students were grouped together by police and first responders including the Sarasota County fire department checked each student’s injuries. The students parents where contacted and came to the scene of the accident to pick up their children.

 The uninjured children where put back onto the school bus an continued to their original destination of the Boys and Girls Club.

Before departing the school bus was looked over by  a qualified mechanic. Apparently the bus only sustained minor damage to the radiator.