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.