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Florida woman injured in bus accident

An accident involving a school bus has left a 26-year-old woman injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Fortunately, there were no children on the bus at the time of the crash. The 62-year-old bus driver received citations for making an improper turn and failing to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle, but will not face criminal charges.

The serious car accident occurred as the bus driver was on his way to pick up several students and transport them to two local elementary schools. As the bus approached a green light, the driver began to make a left turn. The driver told FHP officers that he aborted the turn after noticing a car traveling toward him, believing that it would be dangerous to continue. However, this left the bus sitting at an angle in the intersection, blocking several lanes of traffic. This ultimately caused the victim's car to strike the bus's left front side.

A representative for the school district employing the bus driver said the victim was taken to a nearby medical care facility for treatment. Her injuries were listed as minor at last report. The bus driver was unhurt, as was the bus's single passenger.

The incident marks the first school bus accident of the year in the Florida county. The 2011-2012 school year brought about "seven or eight" minor accidents in which vehicles struck school buses from behind, as well as one serious crash that remains under police investigation.

While the victim suffered only minor injuries in the crash, that will likely be of little comfort to the parents of the children who were about to be picked up. This situation could have been far worse.

Source: Bradenton Herald, "School bus accident injures Bradenton woman," Aug. 28, 2012

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