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Friday, February 3, 2023

Marion County school bus carrying 25 students involved in crash on SE 55th Avenue Road

A Marion County school bus carrying 25 students and one aide was involved in a crash on Wednesday morning.

Prior to the accident, at approximately 7:45 a.m., a Chevrolet Cruze was stopped in the driveway of a residence in the 12400 block of SE 55th Avenue Road in Belleview, according to the Florida Highway Patrol incident report.

At the same time, a Marion County school bus was traveling in a northwesterly direction on SE 55th Avenue Road, just south of SE 57th Avenue.

FHP stated that the Chevrolet Cruze’s driver, a 23-year-old man from Belleview, made a wide right turn onto SE 55th Avenue Road. During the turn, the vehicle partially crossed into the northbound lane, which brought it into the path of the school bus.

The front of the Chevrolet Cruze proceeded to collide with the left side and left rear tire of the school bus. An FHP trooper noted in the report that both vehicles were moved prior to the trooper’s arrival at the scene of the accident.

No injuries were reported and there were no witnesses. The driver of the Chevrolet Cruze was charged with making an improper right turn, according to the report.

The names of the drivers involved in the accident were not released by the Florida Highway Patrol.