Monday, December 11, 2017
Public safety

Pinellas school bus driver at fault in Clearwater crash

CLEARWATER — A woman was hospitalized Friday morning with serious injuries after a school bus slammed into her convertible, police said.

The crash was reported about 8:30 a.m. at Palmetto Street and Highland Avenue in Clearwater. A Pinellas County school bus, driven by Rogenia Flowers, was heading west on Palmetto Street when it crashed into the driver's side of a Chrysler LeBaron, driven by Carolyn L. Brumfield, as she drove south on Highland Avenue.

LeBaron was flown to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious injuries, Clearwater police said. She was listed in stable condition Friday afternoon.

Four special-needs students were on the bus, heading to Curlew Creek Elementary, during the crash. They were not hurt and were taken to school on another bus.

The bus driver was not hurt, and police determined she is at fault for the crash. A witness told police she ran the red light at the intersection.

Charges are pending.

An investigation remained under way Friday.

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