TAMPA — Nine HARTline bus passengers were taken to area hospitals after a car rear-ended the bus Thursday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
George Burla, 68, was driving his 2008 Mazda north in the left lane on N 56th Street just past Hillsborough Avenue, troopers said. The bus was stopped for traffic in the right lane when Burla's front bumper hit the left bumper of the bus around 2 p.m.
Several of the 17 passengers on the bus were taken to University Community Hospital-Fletcher and St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment, troopers said.
Burla and the bus driver, 45-year-old Marisol Tenorio, had minor injures and weren't hospitalized. Burla was cited for careless driving.
The nine passengers complained of minor injuries including neck and back pain, said FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.