Four teens struck, injured by vehicle at Tampa bus stop

The teens were waiting for a HART bus when they were struck by a vehicle involved in a chain-reaction crash, police said.
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Published Nov. 18, 2019|Updated Nov. 18, 2019

TAMPA — Four teenagers waiting for a public bus on North Florida Avenue were injured Monday when a vehicle involved in a crash veered off the road and struck them, authorities said.

The chain-reaction crash happened shortly after noon when the driver of an Acura failed to yield to oncoming traffic while trying to turn left from West Ida Street onto Florida Avenue, according to Tampa police. A Chevy pickup traveling north on Florida swerved to avoid the Acura and struck a Nissan van also heading north, police said.

The Nissan driver lost control after the collision and the van swerved onto the sidewalk, striking four students from Seminole Heights Charter School who were waiting for a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus.

Tampa Fire Rescue transported the teens, who ranged in age from 18 to 19, to local hospitals for injuries that weren’t life-threatening such as road rash and lacerations, police said. Their names were not released.

All three drivers remained on the scene and cooperated with police. The driver of the Acura, whose name was not released, was cited for careless driving. No criminal charges are expected, police said.