Two School Buses Involved in Accidents in Wakulla

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

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The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office reported two separate accidents involving school buses on a stormy Monday morning (9/27).

The two accidents happened about 16 minutes apart, one around 7:10AM, the other around 7:26AM.

The first accident, at 7:10AM, happened in The Farm subdivision. Captain Jones with the Wakulla Sheriff's Office stated that a parent was trying to get on the bus to give something to their child, when their car rolled back into the bus. It is suspected that the car was left in neutral. There was only minor damage to the car and bus. Fifteen students were on the bus, but no injuries were reported.

The second accident, at 7:26AM, happened along State Road 61 near the Mysterious Waters subdivision. The vehicles involved, a school bus and a truck, were driving on opposite directions of the road when they sideswiped each other. Thirty seven students were on board the bus. No injuries were reported. The truck had to be towed away from the scene. An investigation into the cause is still pending according to WCSO.

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  • by student Location: wakulla on Sep 28, 2010 at 07:15 PM
    i ride both of them buses.both drivers are careful it just happend to be a rainy day and the one in the farm was pointless.the bus was parked and the womans car was suppose to be on park but when she got out it just rolled and there was no damages.the car didn't even hit the hit the buses tire and the bus just bounced.bus drivers have to report any accident wether there is damages or the second bus driver was trying to avoid the truck because the truck was coming into her lane.i trust both of the bus drivers with my own life.people shouldn't point fingers unless they know for sure what happend.
  • by Really on Sep 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Seriously.....drivers are beyond rediculous on the roads anymore. They don't care where they're going and how they get there or who's in they're way! They're always in a hurry to get from point A to point B and you better believe they don't pay attention to a school bus either!
  • by CountyGirl Location: Wakulla on Sep 28, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    I used to ride those buses and the "upper bridge road" is a very narrow road, plus if you live in Wakulla, you know it was STORMING at that time yesterday morning. I always respected the bus driver and I teach my children to do so as well. They have our kids lives in their hands every day, and I feel sure I can say on their behalf that they would give their own lives before they would want even one child hurt while on that bus. People need to remember that if it were their child on that bus, they'd want the driver to do everything possible to avoid an accident and I'm sure that driver did. I'm sorry that it even happened and the driver and the kids were probably shaken up, but they, including the parents of those kids are thankful that it wasn't any worse than a side-swipe.
  • by Bus Driver Location: Thomasville on Sep 27, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    To the first poster who said there had been way too many accidents lately, did you ever stop to think that maybe you only hear about the bus accidents because they so rarely happen that when they do, they make the news? Statistically speaking, there is no safer vehicle for your child to ride on than a school bus. They are safer on a bus than in your car. Thats a fact.
  • by Anonymous Location: Crawfordville on Sep 27, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    I want to say one thing. You can't talk about the drivers of WCSB unless you have been in there shoes. This job demands alot from the drivers, staying focused on all of the precious cargo they are driving and watching for all of the traffic with the bad weather. It's not as easy as you think unless you have been there. And if you are fussing about the driver well that says one thing to me, you haven't been in there shoes. I used to drive the bus, and I loved being with my children every day. But this was not an easy job. You have to watch all traffic around, coming, going, approaching you. You never let your guard down. This morning was a not a good morning to be driving. You still have those crazy folks that are late, and don't care what they need to do to get to work on time. But as a school bus driver you have all those things to worry about and more. I not saying they are right, but wait and see what comes out of the investagation, before you pass judement on the driver
  • by Anonymous Location: Crawfordville on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:47 PM
    My daughter was on the bus right behind the one that was hit on hwy 61, the man driving the truck swerved into the oncoming traffic and side swiped the bus. I trust these bus drivers with my children and have for over 19 years, having several children that have grown up in this school system.
  • by Christine Location: Wakulla on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:04 PM
    My daughter was on the second bus that was hit by the oncoming driver. Stiffer enforcement involving drivers trying to speed to work in the morning is going to make the roads safer for our children on the bus. I've seen too many drivers speeding between 6:30 am and 7:00 am and taking chances that put the rest of us at risk. The bus drivers are doing the best they can to avoid stupid people on the roads.
  • by Gary Location: Tallahassee on Sep 27, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    I rode the bus for 8 years when I was in school. Never involved in an accident, but there were not so many drivers on the road and everyone was not in such a hurry. These drivers put up with alot out of the kids. The kids are loud and rowdy. I admire the drivers, I could not do it, I would beat half of the kids and make them act like they should. If parents don't think their kids are safe on the bus, they you are more than welcome to drive the back and forth to school, same with parents that think they get home to late from school. Before you start talking about the drivers, why dont you drive a bus for a month and see just how your little angels act and talk.
  • by susan Location: crawfordville on Sep 27, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    people sure are quick to say that the bus drivers need to be more careful, well then u did not read the news very well. a parent hit the first bus and a nother driver hit the second bus. if you people that have negative remarks about the bus drivers think that you can do it any better, than what are yall waiting on. the drivers are very good and do there jobs excellent. my children have rode the first drivers bus for ever, she will grad this year and ms, sharon does her job perfect. she is one of the best. for the parent that lives that close to the school, take your child and pick her/him up why do u use transportaion if you are not happy.
  • by SSgt. Barnes on Sep 27, 2010 at 02:21 PM
    @Geez, the article said nothing about the bus at fault. It said the car ran into the bus, or backed into it, the other said they were still investigating.
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