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Driver slams into back of PSTA bus

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was pulled from her overturned truck after she crashed into a bus.

Irene Rawlins-Huell, 49, tried to drive around a PSTA bus just after 8 a.m. that was letting passengers off at a bus stop, but she hit the back of the bus, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

The Dodge truck flipped several times and lay on its side near the intersection of 18th Avenue S and 11th Street.

Emergency workers pulled its roof away to free Rawlins-Huell, and she was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Puetz said.

One bus passenger was taken to All Children's Hospital to get treated for back pain.

The back of the Route 14 bus was crushed Tuesday morning, and the Dodge was missing a front tire.

Transportation supervisor Carlos Mora said the bus would go for repairs, but he said he'd have to check with his bosses to see if the driver would undergo review as a result of the crash.

Police cleared the truck and debris away about 40 minutes after the crash.

Driver slams into back of PSTA bus 03/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:10pm]
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