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Opa-locka, Florida School Bus Accident Sends 12 Students to the Hospital

An Opa-locka, Florida school bus accident sent 12 students to the hospital on Monday, news sources report. Fortunately, none of the students sustained serious injuries. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. Charges may be pending the outcome of that investigation. It is unclear whether the driver, who was also injured, or any of the students’ families will file a suit.

According to reports, the bus is part of the Miami-Dade School District; it was taking children to the Palm Springs Middle School in Hialeah (typically ages 11-14) when the crash occurred. The Miami-Dade School Board commented on the accident, saying none of the students were seriously hurt.

The collision occurred around 9:15 Monday morning at the intersection of Langley Road and Northwest 37th Avenue. The school might have been stopping for a red light, a stop sign, or attempting to make a turn at the intersection prior to the crash. Whatever the case was, sources say that the bus was rear-ended at the intersection. The impact jolted the bus and threw the students forward in their seats. The bus driver later said many of the students screamed and were frightened by the sudden collision, sources say.

As many as 12 students sustained injury in the collision; they were taken to a variety of hospitals, including Hialeah Hospital, Palmetto Hospital, Jackson North, and Northshore Hospital. The bus driver declined medical attention but sustained unspecified injuries in the crash, reports say. The driver of the other vehicle, who has not yet been publicly identified, does not appear to have been injured. It appears as though this driver remained on the scene of the accident and is cooperating with authorities.

In another crash involving school buses, a Little Miami school bus veered off the road to avoid hitting a car, reports say. The accident occurred on February 15. Luckily, no students were injured in the crash. Police conducted an investigation but it was not immediately clear whether charges were filed.

According to reports, Harlan-Butlerville Primary School Bus #24 was involved in the minor crash. Sources say the bus was carrying an unspecified number of first to second grade-aged students at the time. The school district does not appear to have commented on the crash.

The accident occurred around 8:30 Friday morning on Whiteacre Road in Little Miami. The bus driver was headed down the street when a car swerved in the middle of the road. The bus driver reportedly swerved to the right of the road to avoid a collision. The bus left the street, scraped a tree, re-entered the street, and came to a stop.

Students aboard the bus were shaken by the accident but otherwise uninjured. Reports say several of the kids were released to their parents following the crash, but the rest went to school as planned. It is currently unclear what caused the other driver to veer into the center of the street or if the driver was charged for reckless driving. That driver has not been publicly identified.

Sources: 4.29.13 Opa-locka Bus Crash.pdf, 5.2.13 Little Miami Bus Accident.pdf.

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