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Three injured when pickup collides with Marion County School bus at busy intersection

Three Ocala residents were injured early Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash involving a Marion County School bus.

The incident happened at 6:20 a.m. when a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 39-year-old James Gosford attempted to make a U-turn at the intersection of State Road 40 and NW 110th Avenue. The school bus, driven by 63-year-old Donna Mosher, had a green light as she drove into the intersection, a Florida Highway Patrol report states, adding that no children were on the bus.

As Gosford was making the U-turn, the front of his pickup struck the left front portion of the school bus. Gosford’s truck overturned into its left side and came to rest facing in a northwest direction in the right outside lane of SR 40. The school bus stopped facing west in the right outside lane of SR 40.

Gosford, who was cited for making an improper U-turn at a red light, was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center. Mosher and her passenger, 21-year-old Gabriela Forsythe, were taken to West Marion Community Hospital. None of the victims received life-threatening injuries, the report says.

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