Driver hurt after crashing into school bus

Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.

A Gainesville driver was seriously injured Friday morning when she drove into the side of an Alachua County school bus. There were no children on the bus, and the bus driver and her one adult passenger were not injured.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the 7 a.m. accident happened to the north of the BP station at 5200 Waldo Road. The accident occurred at the intersection of NE 53rd Avenue and County Road 225, which is just west of where 53rd Avenue dead-ends into Waldo Road.

Trooper Matthew Simmons said Janette Anderson Samuel, 64, was driving a 2001 Mazda Tribute, and Maria E. Torres-Lebron, 55, was driving a 2011 International school bus.

Simmons determined that Samuel pulled out of the north entrance to the BP station onto Northeast 53rd Avenue while Torres-Lebron was southbound, stopped in the right turn lane and preparing to turn right from CR 225 onto Northeast 53rd Avenue. The front of the Mazda hit the left side of the bus for unknown reasons, Simmons wrote in his report.

Samuel was taken to Shands at the University of Florida in serious condition.

She was cited for failing to yield to a vehicle in an intersection.

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