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Published Apr. 7, 2014

A Greyhound bus that left Tampa and was headed to Atlanta was involved in a five-vehicle crash that left two drivers dead in Hamilton County Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. No one on the bus was seriously injured.

Ernest Lee Holmes, 91, of High Springs was driving south on Interstate 75 in the northbound inside lane about 11:45 p.m. Friday. Holmes' car collided head-on with the vehicle of Peter J. Linek, 55, of Ormond Beach, who was traveling north on I-75 in the inside lane. Both Holmes and Linek died, FHP said.

Two other vehicles and the Greyhound bus were also traveling north on I-75 and became involved in the pileup as Holmes' and Linek's vehicles came to a stop.

Of the 42 passengers on the bus, 13 were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. The driver, Alvis A. Gaston, 62, of Locust Grove, Ga., was not injured. The bus began its route in Tampa and made stops in Lakeland, Orlando and Gainesville before the crash. It was scheduled to arrive in Atlanta.

None of the other drivers and passengers involved in the crash were injured.

It was unknown Saturday if alcohol was a contributing factor, FHP said.