7 students injured in Sarasota County school bus crash

The front of the auto crashed into the front right side of the bus, which sent the bus into a traffic signal pole.

A bus carrying 12 students from Oak Park School was heading east on Proctor Road approaching Gantt Road with a green traffic signal about 9:15 a.m. when a red Infiniti traveling west on Proctor attempted to turn left onto Gantt in front of the bus, according to the FHP.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital was ready just in case.

A close call in Sarasota, Florida, where a school bus ferrying special needs kids hits a pole. The remaining child was transferred to John Hopkins All Children's Hospital for further evaluation of both crash and non-crash related medical issues.

The driver of the bus, a 63-year-old Sarasota man, was taken to Doctor's Hospital of Sarasota to be treated for his serious injuries. The front of the auto hit the right front of the bus.

WWSB says Michael Rans, 69, of Mishawaka, Ind., was cited for making a left turn in front of oncoming traffic.

The impact of the crash knocked power lines onto the road.

Parents of all of the injured students, except one, were at the hospital with their children, Leatherman said. "The safety restraints on the bus functioned as they should", he said.

"We are very, very thankful that injuries to the students were not more serious".

Crews are working to clear the scene and clean up leaking bus fuel from the bus.

Florida Power and Light says power was out in the area of Proctor Road and Gantt Road at the time, but all power has since been restored.

The multi-vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Proctor Road and Gantt Road.

  • Leroy Wright