Truck, and Bus Carrying Special Needs Students Collision Resulting in 15 Hospitalizations

A collision involving an ambulance, a truck, and a bus carrying special needs students resulted in 15 people being hospitalized on Tuesday morning in Florida. The tragic event occurred at the intersection of SW 90th Street and SW 80th Avenue, where a Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) crew was responding to a medical call at approximately 9 a.m.

The Sequence of Events

The bus that hit the ambulance in Tuesday's crash in Marion County. 
The bus that hit the ambulance in Tuesday’s crash in Marion County. 
(PHOTO: MARION COUNTY FIRE RESCUE/FACEBOOK)

The department’s news release stated that a bus initially struck the ambulance as it navigated the intersection with its sirens wailing. A truck struck the ambulance a second time, following the impact. Disturbing footage captured the ambulance entering the intersection before the two vehicles knocked it on its side almost simultaneously.

Casualties and Injuries

PHOTO: MARION COUNTY FIRE RESCUE/FACEBOOK

In the crash, emergency responders transported a total of 15 individuals to local hospitals. Eleven special needs students who were passengers on the bus involved in the collision were notably among the injured. While three students sustained minor injuries, the remaining eight were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The exact ages of the students remain undisclosed.

Along with the students, hospitalization affected two MCFR firefighters and the drivers of the bus and the pickup truck. Minor injuries took the firefighters to Ocala Regional Medical Center. However, the conditions of the bus and truck drivers are currently unclear.

The Affected Bus and Non-Profit Organization

Photographs from the scene of the crash suggest that the bus involved belongs to the Bridge To Hope Community Education Center in Ocala. This non-profit organization, dedicated to providing daytime programming to adults with special needs, has not yet responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment on the incident.

Investigation

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Tuesday morning’s crash, as reported by MCFR. Currently, authorities have not announced any charges, and they are pending further investigation for details regarding the collision.

FAQs

Q1: Were the special needs students on the bus seriously injured?

A1: Three students suffered minor injuries, and emergency responders transported the remaining eight to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The exact nature of their injuries remains undisclosed.

Q2: What organization does the bus belong to?

A2: The bus appears to belong to the Bridge To Hope Community Education Center in Ocala, a non-profit organization providing daytime programming to adults with special needs.

Q3: Has anyone filed charges in connection with the incident?

A3: Currently, authorities have not announced any charges. The Florida Highway Patrol is actively investigating the crash.

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