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School bus hits two vehicles in Clearwater crash

CLEARWATER — A McMullen Booth Elementary School bus collided with two other vehicles after its driver suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel early Friday, police said.

Driver Stephen Sandford, 60, suffered a medical emergency as he was driving the bus west on Sunset Point Road at a low rate of speed about 8:20 a.m., officials said.

The bus crashed into a white Kia Sportage and then rolled into a Toyota Camry.

According to Clearwater Police, although the bus was not travelling fast, damage to the Kia appeared significant.

Sandford and Kia driver Latoya Pierce, 29, who is pregnant, were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Five students and two adult bus aides were on the bus at the time; none were injured.

An investigation is underway.

Marissa Lang can be reached at or (727) 893-8804 or on Twitter @Marissa_Jae.