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Ruskin school bus crash sends 10 children to hospitals

RUSKIN — A school bus carrying 39 children crashed into a truck Wednesday morning on the way to school.

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office said 10 kids and the bus driver were taken to local hospitals as a precaution for minor injuries. The bus driver was cited with violating the right of way.

The bus, driven by 39-year-old Olga Guerrero, was headed east on SE 21st Avenue, approaching SE Sixth Street, on its way to Beth Shields Middle School.

A Terminix truck was headed west with its left turn signal on, preparing to turn onto Yukon Cliff Drive, and the bus driver was going to turn left onto SE Sixth Street, deputies said.

As both vehicles got to the intersection, the truck driver, 35-year-old Douglas Hayes, changed his mind and continued west. Deputies said the bus violated Hayes' right of way, turning into his path.

Hayes was not injured. The kids' injuries were mostly "bumps and bruises," said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Vida Morgan.

The children who weren't injured were taken to school by another bus, said Linda Cobbe, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County schools.

Cobbe said Guerrero has a clean driving record but would be tested for drugs or alcohol, which is standard procedure after a bus crash.

She said the school has notified all the parents of the children on board.

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