Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Five students suffer minor injuries in Pasco school bus accident

LAND O'LAKES — Five middle school students suffered minor injuries Monday morning when their school bus rear-ended a stopped car on State Road 54 just west of U.S. 41.

Bus driver Deborah D. O'Connor, 53, of Lutz said she was checking her rear view mirror as she traveled west about 8:15 a.m. and did not see traffic in front of her had stopped, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The bus, which carried 44 students headed to Rushe Middle School, collided with the right rear of a 1999 Mazda driven by William M. Eggers, 47, of Safety Harbor.

Eggers told the patrol he had stopped for traffic in front of him.

The students ranged in age from 11 to 15, and five complained of minor injuries, the FHP reported. Four were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital North. The other student's mother took her to the hospital.

Neither driver was injured. The 2007 International school bus and Mazda each sustained an estimated $2,500 in damage, according to the report.

Another bus was sent to take the uninjured students to school, district transportation director Gary Sawyer said. An administrator also was at the scene to provide assistance. O'Connor joined the district as a driver in October, he said.

No charges had been filed as of late Monday morning, but the case remains under investigation.

Five students suffer minor injuries in Pasco school bus accident 01/14/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 4:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Report slams Pinellas construction licensing agency

    Local Government

    LARGO –– The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board mismanaged its finances, lacked accountability and violated its own rules, according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the county's inspector general.

    Rodney Fischer, the executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, resigned in January.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Tampa driver dies after swerving off Interstate 4 into canal


    PLANT CITY — A Tampa driver swerved off Interstate 4 Wednesday morning, plunging into a canal in a fatal crash, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  3. Editorial: Scott should keep demanding better for seniors in nursing homes


    The horrific story of elderly Floridians dying from the heat in a Broward County nursing home after surviving Hurricane Irma grows more outrageous. Even as a ninth death has been reported, the nursing home blames the state and has filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Scott's move to prevent it from accepting new …

    Even as a ninth death has been reported, the nursing home blames the state and has filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Scott’s move to prevent it from accepting new patients or Medicaid payments.
  4. DCF announces $133 million in federal aid for low-income families who lost food during Irma


    An additional $133 million is being distributed to Florida low-income families to help replace food destroyed by Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Children and Families announced today.

    The United States Department of Agriculture has made $133 million available to Florida low-income families to help them replace food damaged during Hurricane Irma
  5. A meatless burger that tastes like meat? Ciccio Restaurants will serve the Impossible Burger.

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The most red-hot hamburger in the nation right now contains no meat.

    Luis Flores, executive chef at Ciccio Restaurant Group, prepares an Impossible Burger at Epicurean Hotel's Food Theatre. Impossible Burger is a plant-based burger that will launch on Sept. 27, 2017 in all the Ciccio Restaurant Group locations, except for Fresh Kitchen. "This burger caters to the carnivorous, not just the vegetarians" said Jeff Gigante, co-founder at Ciccio Restaurant Group. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times