School bus, pickup collide; 5 students sent to hospitals


Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:38 p.m.

A collision Wednesday between a Union County school bus and a pickup sent five students to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, the bus was on its afternoon route when the crash occurred at 3:15 p.m. The bus was headed north on State Road 121 south of Raiford and had stopped at the intersection of NE 222nd Lane when the bus was rear-ended by the truck.

Sheriff Jerry Whitehead said four students who had been on the bus were taken to Lake Butler Hospital as a precaution. The sheriff said the 16-year-old driver of the truck was taken to Shands at the University of Florida as a precaution.

Some of the students who had been riding the bus Wednesday but were not injured were picked up by their parents at the scene of the crash. The others were moved to another bus and driven home.

The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Almost three years ago on the same highway, seven children were killed in a horrific accident involving a Union County school bus.

Seven children from an extended family were killed when the Pontiac Bonneville they were riding in was rear-ended by a semi just after 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2005.

The car carrying the children had stopped behind a Union County school bus that was letting children off on State Road 121 about four miles south of Lake Butler.

The children who had been riding on the bus and the bus driver were seriously or critically injured.

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