Semitrailer hits school bus with 39 students on board in Highlands County

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The crash involving a school bus and semi-truck happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday just south of Lake Placid. (Photo: WTSP/Sky 10)

Multiple students and a driver on a school bus were hurt in a crash Wednesday morning on U.S. 27, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened around 7:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Lake Ridge Drive. A semi-trailer truck struck the back of a school bus, according to preliminary information from the FHP. Prior to the crash, the bus came to a stop and had flashing lights to allow students to board the bus, but the truck did not stop in time.

Two children were flown to Tampa General with serious injuries, and two others were taken to the hospital, State troopers said. There were 39 students on board the bus.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 45-year-old Stanley Lockwood, of Orlando, was cited for careless driving, according to State troopers.

Florida Highway Patrol

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