LAND O'LAKES – A Jeep Cherokee rammed into the back of a Pasco County school bus and caught fire at 3:30 p.m. today on U.S. 41 just north of State Road 52.
There were 24 students on board from Crews Lake Middle School. A 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl complained of back and neck pain, but there were no major injuries reported, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The girl was transported to Spring Hill Regional Hospital.
The bus was stopped on northbound U.S. 41 with its red lights and stop sign activated when the white Jeep – driven by Sara Evans, 21, of New Port Richey – failed to stop and rear-ended the bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Jeep went underneath the bus and caught fire. Evans had minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital. She has been charged with careless driving, said Sgt. Larry Kraus, FHP spokesman.
An extra bus came to the scene to transport the students home. Doug Tobin, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said the scene is clear and the road is not blocked.
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