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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Car backs into school bus transporting 25 children in Ocala, no injuries reported

There were no injuries reported after a sedan backed into a school bus that was transporting 25 children in southwest Ocala on Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., a sedan being driven by a 19-year-old woman from Ocala was backing out of a driveway near the 12500 block of SW 66th Street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol incident report.

At the same time, the school bus was traveling eastbound on SW 66th Street. The FHP report indicated that the driver of the sedan failed to properly back her vehicle, and the rear of the sedan struck the right side of the school bus.

After the collision, the driver of the school bus, a 28-year-old woman from Ocala, pulled the vehicle onto the grassy shoulder of the roadway.

The drivers and children aboard the school bus did not report any injuries. The names of the drivers involved in the accident were not released, per FHP policy.

Last year, there were 2,700 crashes involving school buses in the state of Florida, according to FHP. All motorists are urged to be alert and to drive with caution around school buses and in school zones where children may be present.