FHP to probe Gadsden County school bus crash that injured dozens of students

Legal News for Florida Bus Accident Attorneys. A school bus struck a tree head-on, sending a fleet of students to area hospitals.

Florida bus accident attorney alerts- FHP to investigate school bus crash that left many students injured.

Gadsden County, FL (News)—A school bus was involved in a single-vehicle crash Monday, March 8, 2010, sending dozens of students to area hospitals to be treated for injuries ranging from minor to critical. The West Gadsden High School bus was reportedly en route to the Boys & Girls Club in Chattahoochee when the horrifying incident occurred, according to information provided by Tallahassee.com.

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) authorities reported that the northbound bus was traveling on Lincoln Drive at approximately 3:15 p.m. when it veered off the roadway for unknown reasons. Upon doing so, the school bus struck a tree head-on, consequently crushing its front end. Forty-one students were on the bus when the motor vehicle collision (MVC) happened.

Emergency medical services (EMS) crews responded to the scene to transport the injured students to area hospitals to be treated by medical professionals. Two students were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition, while six others were also taken to TMH to be treated for undisclosed injuries. A triage unit was assembled at Florida State Hospital as a means of facilitating treatment for the remaining injured bus riders. The exact number of students who required medical treatment was not immediately known, although a spokesperson for TMH allegedly noted that the hospital treated around 20 injured children. The bus driver, identified as 40-year-old Timothy Kelly, suffered serious injuries in the accident. Speed was not believed to be a factor in the crash and no charges have been filed in connection with the crash as of yet. Investigations are underway.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Florida Bus Accident Lawyers.