A Davie, Florida crash involving a school bus and a pickup truck sent two adults and two children to the hospital with injuries on Monday, news sources report. The accident happened when the truck rear-ended the bus, sources say. Both drivers and two school children were taken to the hospital; the victims have not been publicly identified. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. It is too soon to tell whether charges will be filed. It is also unclear whether anyone will file a suit.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 5:00 Monday evening in the 3900 block of Davie Road. The bus, which was likely taking students home, had 28 children onboard, sources indicate. The children appear to have come from Nova High School and Nova Middle School. So far, no school spokesperson has commented on the crash, likely because the investigation is still ongoing.
The details of the accident are not yet publicly available. However, reports do say the truck struck the school bus from behind. “The truck driver appeared to be at fault,” a police captain spokesperson reportedly said.
The truck and bus driver were reportedly both injured, as were two of the children aboard the bus. The nature of the injuries was not specified. All four victims were rushed to nearby hospitals; an update on their condition was not immediately available at press time. Officials closed down the street, backing up traffic for about an hour as they cleaned up and investigated the scene.
School buses make frequent stops to drop off children, sometimes sparking rear-end accidents. Such stops can also be dangerous for children who must exit the bus and walk across the street. School buses are equipped with special stop signs that can be raised in order to make the stops safer.
Vehicle accidents are especially tragic when a child is killed. Earlier this month, three-year-old Loxahatchee resident Michael Pollard was run over while running beside his father’s truck, sources report. The child sadly died of his injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital soon after the incident. It is unlikely that charges will be filed for the crash.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 11:40 Sunday morning at the victim’s home in the 17000 block of 82nd Road North. At the time, the victim and his mother were working in their garden. Meanwhile, the child’s father, Christopher Pollard, was putting metal into his truck, which had been fitted for off-road driving. The truck had especially large wheels meant for tough terrain, sources indicate.
Based on reports, when Christopher got into the truck to drive, the victim ran to the truck and began running alongside it. Unfortunately, the father could not see the victim from inside the large truck. As a result, the father pulled forward as the victim ran, sources indicate. One of the large tires purportedly ran the victim over.
The toddler was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital. Sadly, Michael died of his injuries shortly after arriving at the clinic, sources indicate.