08/25/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Rockledge, FL—A chain-reaction crash involving a school bus and three other vehicles left a student and two adults injured Tuesday, August 24, 2010. Police, along with Brevard County Public Schools officials, are conducting a full investigation to determine whether the bus driver was distracted at the time of the accident, according to information provided by WFTV.
Witness reports indicated traffic was stopped at a red light near Murell Road and Eyster Boulevard when a Brevard County public school bus violently rear-ended a sport utility vehicle. While the SUV was sent careening into the median on impact, the bus allegedly went on to hit another car.
According to SUV driver Becky Aurand, “It’s unreal. You see yellow paint come toward you. It happened so fast.” A van was also sideswiped during the wreck, though reports did not specify whether the bus or another car hit the van.
Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel apparently transported a seventh grader, along with a driver and passenger, to area hospitals for treatment. The male student hurt his hip in the crash, though reports stated injuries sustained in the wreck were not serious.
With regard to Tuesday’s bus crash, Brevard County Public Schools spokeswoman Christine Davis stated, “There will be a dual investigation with law enforcement to determine exactly what happened.”
Bus driver Robert Bruer was placed on administrative leave with pay pending investigations into the multi-vehicle crash. Bruer has a history of violations, however.
In 2009, he was suspended for dropping a kindergartner off a bus stop without a parent. During that year he also reportedly left a bus full of students unattended with the key still in the ignition.
Additionally, Bruer was reprimanded in 2010 for failing to cross railroad tracks appropriately.
The probe is underway.
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