19-year-old flown to hospital after crash with school bus in Charlotte County

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Published: Updated:
Credit: WINK News.

Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash with injuries involving a school bus and another vehicle at US-41 and E Twin Lakes Drive in Charlotte County Friday.

According to Charlotte County Fire & EMS, a 19-year-old woman in a silver Mitsubishi was a trauma alert with serious injuries and was taken to the hospital in a helicopter to treat injuries.

Fifteen Charlotte County students were on the bus involved in the crash. One of the students with an injury to his or her arm was taken to the hospital to be assessed. The driver of the school bus is not reported to have injuries due to the crash.

According to FHP, the school bus was going westbound on E Twin Lakes Dr. approaching US-41 when the driver of the Mitsubishi was traveling northbound on US-41 toward the intersection with E Twin Lakes Dr.

The bus stopped at the intersection stop sign and then went through the intersection in front of the Mitsubishi. The car then hit the back left side of the bus.

The bus driver was given a traffic citation for violation of right of way from a stop sign.

Charlotte County Public Schools says the school bus was dropping off kids picked up from Charlotte High School. The school district said the injured student was picked up from the crash scene by their parent and taken to the hospital for assessment.

According to FHP, the crash is clear and the roadways are back open.

Correction: We initially learned there were three students with minor injuries due to the crash. A new FHP report shows that only one student had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Credit: WINK News.

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