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Students hurt when school bus hit

A chain-reaction crash involving a school bus Tuesday morning sent one Hudson High School student to the hospital with neck injuries, officials said.

Five other students who reported headaches and neck pain were taken out of school by their parents later in the day, said Jack Greene, supervisor of transportation operations for the Pasco County School District.

The crash happened at Hudson Avenue and Little Road at 7:35 a.m., said Chief Anthony Lopinto of Pasco County Fire Rescue.

The bus, which was headed east on Hudson Avenue to Hudson middle and high schools, was stopped at the intersection's light. There were at least a dozen students on the bus, school officials said.

The driver of a van also was eastbound on Hudson Avenue, and he said he was blinded by the rising sun when he rear-ended a Mustang. The Mustang then rear-ended the bus, said officials.

"There was a jolt," said Hudson Middle School principal Lawrence Albano.

One high school student complained of neck injuries and was taken by ambulance to the nearby Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, officials said. The student later was released.

Greene said that five middle and high school students left school later in the day.

School officials sent letters to all the parents of the students on the bus, notifying them of the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol could not be reached for comment on whether anyone was charged in the incident.

_ Tamara Lush is the police reporter in Pasco County. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6245. Her e-mail address is lushsptimes.com.

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