Seven killed in Florida crash involving school bus |

Seven killed in Florida crash involving school bus

LAKE BUTLER, Fla. – Seven children alone in a car were killed Wednesday in a fiery crash when their vehicle was crushed between a truck and a stopped school bus in rural northern Florida. At least three children on the bus were seriously injured.The truck hit the car from behind and pushed it into the bus, causing the car to burst into flames, said Lt. Mike Burroughs of the Florida Highway Patrol.All seven of the people riding in the car were killed. Their ages ranged from 15 years to 21 months and all were related, police said.It was unclear why the children were unaccompanied.Evidence from the scene showed that the truck, which was carrying bottled water, did not brake before hitting the car, Burroughs said.The bus ended up 200 feet from where the car struck it, and the cab of the truck lay overturned near the scene, Burroughs said. The bus was at an approved bus stop, but it was not immediately clear whether children were getting on or off.”It’s a very chaotic scene,” Burroughs said. “It’s just a mangled, charred mess.”Nine students were on the bus, but the extent of their injuries was also unclear. State police said three were seriously hurt and six others suffered minor injuries. Hospital officials said two were in critical condition and three were in serious condition.The drivers of the bus and the truck were also taken to a hospital. The truck driver suffered minor injuries, and authorities planned to interview him. The bus driver was thrown from the vehicle, and her condition was not immediately known.Authorities did not release the identities of any of the drivers or passengers involved.The bus was operated by the Union County school district, which has three schools from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in the area about 60 miles southwest of Jacksonville.The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of investigators.Fatal accidents involving school buses are relatively rare. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 71 passengers and 42 drivers been killed since 1994 in school vehicles – an average of about 10 people per year.Vail, Colorado

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