School bus hit in early morning crash, no students hurt

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.

Thirteen Alachua County students escaped injury Wednesday morning when the school bus they were in was struck by car that had been hit by a third vehicle, according to a report.

Joseph Fredickson, 79, of Jacksonville, was driving a 2008 GMC SUV north on U.S. 301 near Northeast 120th Avenue at around 6:30 a.m. Ahead in the right lane, the school bus was stopped with its red flasher and stop signs out picking up schoolchildren, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Gino Marzella, 52, of Anthony, had stopped his Chevrolet in the left lane of the highway for the school bus.

Fredickson told the FHP he did not see the school bus because a tractor-trailer had stopped behind the bus. As he pulled into the left lane to pass the semi truck he saw Marzella and the school bus stopped.

He tried to avoid hitting Marzella by steering into the median, but he struck Marzella’s vehicle in the left rear, causing the car to rotate and hit the bus.

Fredickson went through the median, hit a road sign, crossed the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 and came to rest in the ditch on the west side of U.S. 301, the news release said.

None of the students was injured, and three passengers in the two vehicles involved received minor injuries. Fredickson was cited for careless driving, according to the FHP.

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