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First day of school mostly smooth in Hillsborough

No students were on a school bus involved in an early-morning collision in Plant City, police said Tuesday. But some students heading back to school in northern Hillsborough County were delayed by traffic snarled by the funeral of Tampa police Cpl. Michael Roberts in Lutz.

"Right now we are only missing one bus," said a secretary at Martinez Middle School at 9:45 a.m., 45 minutes after the opening bell. "But everything is under control."

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Plant City crash happened about 6 a.m. when a district school bus crashed into another vehicle near eastbound SR 60 and SR 39.

A dispatcher said injuries were reported, but it's unclear how many people were injured or how seriously. FHP officials said there were no students on the bus at the time.

School district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said she hasn't heard of any other problems this first day back.

About 189,000 students are heading back to school today in Hillsborough County.

Tom Marshall can be reached at or (813) 226-3400. Follow This Just In on Twitter.

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