110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
One second-grader reported injured
By Al Everson
posted May 9, 2014 - 3:08:08pm
At least four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a tractor-trailer hit the rear of a Toyota that had stopped on West New York Avenue for a school bus this afternoon. The collision sent the car into the bus’s path, critically injuring the Toyota’s driver, authorities said.
West New York Avenue (State Road 44) was still closed at 5 p.m. today, and authorities said they did not know when it would reopen.
One of the injured was a second-grade student at Woodward Avenue Elementary School. The girl was transported by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries, school authorities said.
Most seriously injured was the driver of the Toyota, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The unidentified driver was in critical but stable condition and had been flown by Sheriff’s Office helicopter to a nearby hospital, according to the FHP.
The tractor-trailer driver and the school-bus driver were also hurt. The truck driver was taken to a nearby hospital, but the bus driver refused ambulance transport, according to the FHP.
The westbound school bus had just departed Woodward Avenue about 2:15 p.m. and was taking children home when it stopped on West New York Avenue near the road’s intersection with Paradise Drive, to let children off, the FHP said. The eastbound Toyota, facing the bus, also stopped.
The tractor-trailer was also eastbound, and was unable to stop when it came up behind the Toyota, Sgt. Kim Montes of the FHP said. The big truck hit the Toyota on the right rear, sending the car into the path of the bus, which had just begun moving again, she said.
The tractor-trailer ended up on its side on the shoulder of the road.
The student’s and the truck driver’s injuries were non-life-threatening, Montes said.
Montes said charges in the crash are pending additional investigation.
Parents of students on the bus were notified, and many came to the scene for tearful reunions with their non-injured children. A second bus was sent to the scene to transport children whose parents could not pick them up.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Woodward Avenue Principal Kate Godbee had also been at the scene of the crash, to comfort and calm the children.
The school bus had 16 people aboard, including 14 students, a driver and an attendant, a school-system spokeswoman said.
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