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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Marion County school bus involved in three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 301

A Marion County school bus was involved in a three-vehicle crash on Friday morning that injured four adults and two students.

On Friday, October 14, at approximately 8 a.m., a 76-year-old man from South Carolina was traveling northbound in a sports utility vehicle on U.S. Highway 301, just north of NE 155th Street Road in Marion County. The Florida Highway Patrol incident report stated that the SUV was in the outside northbound lane.

A sedan, which was being driven by a 29-year-old woman from Illinois, was stopped in the outside northbound lane of U.S. Highway 301, and a Marion County school bus was also stopped directly in front of the sedan.

As the SUV approved the sedan, the driver was unable to stop in time, and the front of the SUV collided with the rear of the sedan, according to the FHP report. The force of the collision caused the front of the sedan to crash into the rear of the school bus.

The sedan’s driver and sole occupant sustained serious injuries in the accident and was transported to a local hospital. Minor injuries were reported for the driver and sole occupant of the SUV.

The two adult occupants of the Marion County school bus, a 50-year-old woman from Anthony (driver) and a 54-year-old woman from Fort McCoy (passenger), sustained minor injuries. Two children who were riding on the school bus also reported injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

The names of those involved in the accident were not released, per FHP policy.