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Lake Worth Florida School Bus Accident Sends Three Children to the Hospital

A Lake Worth Florida school bus accident sent three children to the hospital on Wednesday, news sources report. The bus reportedly collided with a car that failed to yield the right of way. Information regarding the car’s driver was not immediately available following the accident. Three children on the bus sustained minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police will likely cite the car’s driver for the violation. It is unclear whether the parents of the injured children will file for damages.

According to reports, the school bus was taking the children to Lake Worth Middle School at around 8:45 Wednesday morning when the crash occurred on D Street near the intersection of 6th Avenue. The bus was turning off D Street onto 6th Avenue, a four-lane road, and the car was at a stop sign. A police spokesperson said the car failed to yield the right of way to the bus. It is not clear whether the car ran the stop sign or simply failed to stop for an appropriate period of time. Sometimes, drivers fail to yield at intersections because they mistakenly assume that the intersection has four stop signs instead of just two.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and took three children from the bus to St. Mary’s Medical Center. Reports say the three children sustained minor injuries. It is unclear whether anyone else was hurt. A police investigation is ongoing and the driver of the car may face a citation for failing to yield for the bus. No one from the Lake Worth school made a comment regarding the accident on Wednesday.

A West Palm Beach school bus was involved in a similar accident last Wednesday, reports say. The incident occurred when an SUV collided with the school bus. Two children on the bus sustained minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. A police investigation reportedly revealed that the SUV driver ran a red light before colliding with the school bus. It is not yet known whether the families of the injured children will damages against the SUV’s driver.

Reports say the accident occurred around 8:30 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Southern Boulevard and Jog Road. Police say an SUV ran the light at the intersection and crashed into a school bus. Paramedics arrived on the scene and took two children, ages 7 and 9, to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. Police cited the SUV’s driver for running the red light.

Records show that there are 14,057 accidents involving commercial vehicles, such as school buses, in Florida in 2010. 882 of those accidents occurred in Palm Beach County, resulting in 770 injuries and 11 fatalities. A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County School District told the press that they take school bus accidents very seriously. “We look at all the incidents that occur with an eye for how we can improve safety for the children and the motorists,” the spokesperson said.

Sources: 3.6.13 Lake Worth School Bus Accident.pdf, 3.6.13 Lake Worth School Bus Accident Statistics.pdf.

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