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In Oldsmar school bus accident, no life-threatening injuries

A Pinellas school bus passes another that had been involved in a rear-end accident on Curlew Road in Oldsmar early Wednesday. None of the five students on the bus were reported to be injured though three teens from the two cars involved were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. One driver was cited. Story, Page 3

JIM DAMASKE | Times

A Pinellas school bus passes another that had been involved in a rear-end accident on Curlew Road in Oldsmar early Wednesday. None of the five students on the bus were reported to be injured though three teens from the two cars involved were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. One driver was cited. Story, Page 3

OLDSMAR — When a school bus traveling on Curlew Road came to a stop Wednesday morning, so did the car behind it.

Problem was, a car trailing the first one didn't, authorities said.

As a result, one person had to be extricated from a car, three were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the driver thought to have caused the pileup was cited by authorities.

No one on the bus was injured.

The accident happened shortly after 6:30 a.m. near Curlew and Tampa roads. According to Pinellas County sheriff's deputies, the bus was going west — just west of Gull Aire Boulevard — when it stopped in the center lane for another school bus that had stopped to pick up children.

A 2000 Toyota Celica driven by Subatha Suthakaran, 18, of Oldsmar also stopped. But a third vehicle, a 2003 Saturn Ion driven by Courtney Fenton, 17, of Dunedin rear-ended the Celica and pushed it partly underneath the bus, deputies said.

After being extricated from her car, Suthakaran, her 17-year-old passenger, Rachelle Carnes of Oldsmar, and Fenton were taken to Mease Countryside Hospital. Fenton was cited for careless driving.

Daron Green, the bus driver, and his passengers — five children between the ages of 9 and 17, and two adult assistants — were picked up by another bus a short while later and continued on to Calvin Hunzinger School in Clearwater.

Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kniebuhr@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4146.

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