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Woman dies when car hit by bus

TAMPA — A young woman died and two others were injured after the car they were in collided with a loaded school bus.

The accident happened at 3:46 p.m. Wednesday not far from Stetson University College of Law Tampa Center.

None of the 29 students on the bus were injured, officials said.

Two hours after the crash, Tampa Fire Rescue workers were still trying to extricate the deceased woman from what police said was the front passenger seat of a mangled Nissan.

Names of all three victims were not available, but Tampa police Lt. William Ferguson said they are thought to be teenagers from Pinellas County. The two injured were a 19-year-old male driver and a female passenger seated in the back, he said.

Hillsborough County public school bus No. 3782 was southbound on N Tampa Street when the westbound Nissan failed to yield to right-of-way at a stop sign at E Seventh Avenue, Tampa police Lt. Paul Lusczynski said. Police said the car stopped at the stop sign, then accelerated into the path of the moving bus.

The bus carried students from 11 magnet schools, school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said. They included elementary, middle and high school students.

Bus driver Barbara Ghee was visibly shaken by the crash, Cobbe said. Ghee has been with the school system for seven years and has not had another accident, Cobbe said.

Woman dies when car hit by bus 04/02/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 7, 2008 11:56am]
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