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Police arrest St. Petersburg man in school bus crash

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man accused of fleeing Monday after crashing into a school bus full of students was arrested a few hours later.

Police said 29-year-old Stacy Neal's vehicle hit a bus at 3901 38th St. N about 2:07 p.m. He faces charges of fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana and cocaine. He was being held in lieu of $17,300 bail.

About 20 children were on the bus, according to Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue, but none was seriously injured.

The woman driving the bus was taken to St. Petersburg General Hospital with serious injuries, Granata said. An update on her condition Tuesday was not immediately available.

The car flipped over, and the bus ended up in a residential yard, inches from a house.

The bus was taking students from St. Petersburg High. Some students were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, Pinellas schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn said. The others were either released to their parents or taken home on another bus.

Witnesses said the car was headed east on 39th Avenue N at a high rate of speed and did not slow before hitting the front driver's side of the bus.

Police arrest St. Petersburg man in school bus crash 01/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:15pm]
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