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.

Bradenton Man Critically Injured In Lakewood Ranch Crash

A two-vehicle accident in Lakewood Ranch critically injured a Bradenton man Friday

According to the Florida Highway Patrol the accident occurred around 12:15 p.m. after the driver of a pick up truck allegedly drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle on State Road 64  east of Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Heading westbound, the injured motorist was in the left turn lane at the entrance to Publix.

The other driver who sustained minor injuries in the crash gave the following account of the incident: the other man dove up, brought is vehicle to a stop and then drove into his path causing the accident. The driver of the pick up truck had braked hard and turned to avoid the collision but was unable to prevent the crash.

FHP reported the collision that occurred resulted in the car being spun violently.

The driver of the pick-up truck braked and tried to swerve around the injured man’s vehicle, but did not avoid a collision.

Neither party was wearing their seat belts and no passengers were in either vehicle.