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Driver charged after crashing tractor-trailer into Levy County school bus on March 30

Multiple charges have been filed against a 35-year-old Seffner man who crashed his tractor-trailer into the back of a Levy County school bus on March 30, 2022.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the following charges were filed against Frederick J. Campbell on Monday, October 24, 2022: reckless driving with serious bodily injury, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to stop for a school bus, careless driving, falsification of time records, and operating a commercial motor vehicle with an out of service condition.

Driver charged after crashing tractor trailer into Levy County school bus on March 30
Frederick J. Campbell (booking photo from the Florida Department of Corrections)

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on March 30, 2022, the Levy County school bus was stopped on U.S. Highway 19, near the intersection of SE 140th Lane, and its red flashing lights were activated. The FHP incident report stated that there were 10 student passengers onboard the bus.

Campbell was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 19 in a tractor-trailer. The FHP report stated that his vehicle failed to stop, and the right side of the tractor-trailer collided with the rear of the school bus.

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Campbell’s tractor-trailer struck the back of the school bus on March 30, 2022 (Photo courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol)
Five students hospitalized after tractor trailer crashes into school bus in Levy County
Another photo showing the damage to the school bus (Photo courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol)
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A photo of Campbell’s tractor-trailer after the collision (Photo courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol)

Five of the students who were riding on the school bus were transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, and two of those students were in serious condition. The driver of the school bus sustained minor injuries.

Campbell was not injured in the crash.

Campbell is currently incarcerated after being convicted on one count of racketeering in Hernando County on May 13, 2022. He was sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in prison.