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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Ambulance, bus carrying special needs students involved in crash at SW Ocala intersection

An ambulance, a bus carrying special needs students, and a pickup truck were involved in a crash at an intersection in southwest Ocala on Tuesday morning.

Shortly before 9 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the intersection of SW 90th Street and SW 80th Avenue in Ocala. Multiple 911 callers had reported that an ambulance was struck and had rolled onto its side, according to MCFR.

Crash involving ambulance and small bus in SW Ocala on November 28, 2023 ambulance rolled on side
An MCFR ambulance rolled onto its side after being involved in a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of SW 90th Street and SW 80th Avenue on November 28, 2023 (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)
Crash involving ambulance and small bus in SW Ocala on November 28, 2023 ambulance rolled on side (3)
Another photo of the ambulance that was involved in the accident on November 28, 2023 (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

The first MCFR unit quickly arrived on scene since the accident had occurred near Friendship Fire Station #21. Firefighters sprang into action and immediately began triaging the occupants of the three vehicles.

Crash involving ambulance and small bus in SW Ocala on November 28, 2023 ambulance rolled on side (2)
Firefighters from the nearby MCFR Friendship Station #21 were the first to arrive on scene (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

A total of 15 patients were transported to local hospitals, including two firefighters who sustained minor injuries, 11 special needs students that were riding the bus, the bus driver, and the driver of the pickup truck, according to MCFR.

Crash involving ambulance and small bus in SW Ocala on November 28, 2023 Bridge to Hope Community Education Center bus
A dozen people onboard the bus, including the driver and 11 special needs students, were taken to local hospitals following the multi-vehicle crash on November 28, 2023 (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

MCFR stated that eight of the students were transported to the hospital as a precaution, and the remaining three students sustained minor injuries in the crash.

No further details were provided regarding the extent of the injuries sustained by the drivers of the bus and pickup truck.

The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating the accident.

In a social media post, Marion County Fire Rescue stated, “[We] would like to remind our citizens to yield to emergency vehicles as our lights and sirens are on.”