16 hurt in Tampa school bus crash

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Ten people were injured on Tuesday morning when a school bus was involved in a crash in Sarasota County.

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

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said that around 9:15 a.m., a red Infiniti turned in front of a school bus, causing the accident. The school bus then hit a traffic light.

Twelve special needs students were on the bus, which was on its way to Oak Park School located at 7285 Proctor Rd. in Sarasota. The students varied in age from elementary school to a 20-year-old.

Ten people were injured in the crash. Seven students were hospitalized, as well as both the bus driver and the bus attendant. The driver of the red car was also taken to the hospital.
All injuries are not to be considered life-threatening.

The impact of the crash knocked power lines onto the road. Power is out at two nearby schools, Ashton Elementary and Sarasota Middle School.
A traffic light was knocked onto the top of the school bus.

Police have reopened the intersection of Gantt and Proctor Roads, but are asking drivers to treat it as a four-way stop.

Stay with WFLA.com for updates about this breaking story.

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