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Seven Students, Bus Driver Taken to Hospital After Bus Rear-Ended

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

An accident involving a school bus has injured seven students in Englewood in Charlotte County.

Details about the School Bus Accident

A bus driver and seven students were taken to the hospital at around 7 a.m. on Monday after the school bus they were in was rear-ended by a pickup truck, which was then rear-ended by another pickup truck, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The accident happened on Placida Road near Bantry Bay Boulevard in Englewood, according to Dee Hawkins-Garland, a school district spokeswoman.

Hawkins-Garland also said that there were 22 children on the bus at the time of the accident, saying that eight people – the bus driver and seven students were transported to the hospital with very minor injuries.

64-year-old Barbara Kirkpatrick, of Englewood, was driving the bus at the time of the accident and sustained minor injuries.

Aside from the occupants of the school bus, the three occupants of both pickup trucks involved in the accident were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The Florida Highway Patrol has reported that the driver of the first pickup, 18-year-old Brandon Blumberg of Placida was taken to the Englewood Hospital with minor injuries, as was the 43-year-old driver of the second pickup and his 16-year-old passenger were also taken to the Englewood Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the first pickup that rear-ended the bus was charged with careless driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Important Information about School Bus Crashes in the United States

According to an article in USA Today:

  • From 2004-2013, there were 340,039 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States – of those, only .4 percent involved “school-transportation-related vehicles.”
  • The NHTSA reports that about 134 people are killed in school-vehicle-related accidents every year.
  • Statistics show that once a bus begins driving down the road, a child is statistically safer in the bus than outside of the bus in another type of vehicle or walking.

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