JIM DAMASKE | Times
Seven people were injured Monday afternoon when a public bus collided with a van, then hit a tree. The accident happened about 2 p.m. on Milwaukee Avenue when a van traveling in front of a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus attempted to make a U-turn just south of Roanoke Street, witnesses said. The bus hit the van, then veered across the road and struck a tree on the northbound side of the street. Seven people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Six were passengers from the bus, and one was from the van. About 20 people had been riding on the bus, authorities said.