Six Broward County, Florida students were injured Wednesday in a hit-and-run accident involving a truck and a school bus, news sources indicate. Nine children were aboard the bus when the crash occurred. Six of the students sustained non-life threatening injuries; one of those students was treated solely on the scene, but the other five had to be taken to the Plantation General Hospital for treatment. It is unclear whether either driver was injured. So far, police have been unsuccessful in identifying who the grey Dodge Magnum may belong to. Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to come forward.
Reports say the accident occurred around 6:00 Wednesday evening as the school bus carrying nine children drove along Northwest 47th Avenue and 10th Place. It is not clear whether the bus was headed back from a particular institution (no school appears to have commented on the crash as of press time). At some point during the trip, a gray Dodge Magnum rear-ended the school bus. Reports did not mention whether the school bus was in motion or stopped during the collision.
Immediately after rear-ending the bus, the driver of the Magnum allegedly shifted into reverse, maneuvered around the bus, and fled the scene. Police are now searching for the vehicle, which sustained damage to its front end during the accident. It is not clear whether there were any witnesses.
When paramedics arrived on the scene they rushed five of the nine children to the Plantation General Hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries. They treated the other injured child at the scene.
In other news, a pedestrian in Boca Raton, Florida was killed Wednesday when he was struck by a train, a press release from the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority says. The pedestrian, who reports have not identified, was pronounced dead of his injuries following the crash. An investigation is ongoing and it is not yet known whether negligence on either side played a role in the tragic collision. Police have called the accident a “probable suicide.” So far, no criminal charges have been filed.
Reports say the accident occurred around 12:15 Wednesday afternoon on railroad tracks near Camino Real and Palmetto Park Road. At some point, a train stuck the victim, identified only as a male in reports. The impact killed the man immediately. The train then continued before making an unscheduled stop at the Deerfield Beach Tri-Rail station. There, the train driver answered police questions. The officers allowed the driver to continue on shortly afterwards.
Following the accident, a police spokesperson told the press, “All I have at this point is that it’s a male, and the indications are at this time that it’s a probable suicide.” Police withheld any further details but say an investigation is ongoing. So far, it unclear whether police have identified the victim or contacted his relatives regarding the death. It is also not yet known whether the owners of the train that hit the victim have released a comment regarding the collision. No criminal charges have been filed.