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87-YEAR-OLD DRIVER DIES AFTER CRASH ON SR 54

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An 87-year-old driver died Friday afternoon after he turned left into the path of an oncoming car on State Road 54.

The man - whose name was not released, pending notification of relatives - was from Tarpon Springs, according to authorities.

The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. when the man, who was driving a 1998 Buick LeSabre west on SR 54, tried to turn left onto Black Lake Road, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The Buick collided with a 2000 BMW that was traveling east on SR 54. The driver of the BMW, Paul Scala, 41, of Tampa, swerved but was unable to avoid the Buick, which spun in the road before ending up in the eastbound lane of SR 54.

The BMW ended up on the highway's grass shoulder.

The Buick driver died at the scene. Scala was unhurt.

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RIVERVIEW

No serious injuries in school bus accident

Two children were taken to a hospital to be evaluated Friday afternoon after the school bus they were on swerved off the road and into a ditch on Big Bend Road, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

The incident happened at 4:45 p.m. near Summerfield Elementary School, officials said. The children exited the bus through an emergency door. The number of children on the bus was not available Friday night.

Fire Rescue said the two children taken to the hospital had minor complaints. No serious injuries were reported. The reason the bus swerved off the road was not immediately known Friday night.

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