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Semi-truck rear-ends Escambia school bus, 13 students transported to hospital for checkup

PNJ.com (Pensacola) 9/12/2022 Benjamin Johnson, Pensacola News Journal
Students are shuttled to class on school district buses on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Some Escambia County parents have voiced concerns over unsafe drivers in school zones and around buses. © Tony Giberson/tgiberson@pnj.com Students are shuttled to class on school district buses on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Some Escambia County parents have voiced concerns over unsafe drivers in school zones and around buses.

Thirteen Escambia County School District students were transported to the hospital Monday morning for checkups after a semi-truck rear-ended a school bus near Pensacola Boulevard and Nine One Half Mile Road.

"This morning we did have a crash involving an Escambia County School District bus and it involved an 18-wheeler," Davis Wood, Escambia County public information and education officer, told the News Journal. "EMS and (Fire and Rescue) were on the scene."

Cody Strother, Escambia County School District communications coordinator, told the News Journal there were roughly 28 students on board during the accident, but no students were seriously injured.

"I think a final number of 13 or 14 (students) were transported just for a checkup in order to be checked up at the hospital," Strother said. "The information I have is that none of them appear to be serious injuries, but we won't know that for sure until everyone has been seen at the area hospitals."

The school bus was traveling to Beulah Middle School when the driver of the semi-truck failed to maintain a safe distance and failed to avoid a rear-end collision with the school bus, according to Florida Highway Patrol information officer Lt. Jason King.

The semi-truck driver was cited on suspicion of careless driving.

"I've been led to believe that the bus driver wasn't at fault in the accident," he said. "From my understanding, the back left side of the bus got clipped." 

Benjamin Johnson can be reached at bjohnson@pnj.com or 850-435-8578

This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Semi-truck rear-ends Escambia school bus, 13 students transported to hospital for checkup

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