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5 kids hurt after Hillsborough trucker crashes into stopped school bus

Two students inside the bus were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Five students were hospitalized Wednesday after a crash between a semi-tractor trailer and a school bus in Levy County.
Five students were hospitalized Wednesday after a crash between a semi-tractor trailer and a school bus in Levy County. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]
Published Mar. 31|Updated Mar. 31

INGLIS — Five students were hospitalized Wednesday after a Seffner man driving a semitractor-trailer crashed into the back of a stopped school bus in Levy County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Both the bus and truck were driving north on U.S. Highway 19 around 3:45 p.m. when the school bus activated its flashing red lights to let students off at SE 140 Lane. That’s where the Seffner man, 34, continued driving for “an unknown reason” and crashed into the back of the bus, troopers said.

There were 10 students on the bus, plus its 56-year-old driver, the Highway Patrol says. Of the five students taken to Shands Hospital on the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville, two were in serious condition. The bus driver, who is from Inglis, had minor injuries.

The Seffner man, who was not named in a news release from the highway patrol, had no injuries from the crash. Photos from the scene show his semitractor-trailer was totaled, as was the school bus.

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