Leon County Schools bus hits pedestrian

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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Leon County school bus hit a pedestrian Friday morning.

The accident happened around 8:38 a.m. near the intersection of Mission Road and and Gearhart Road.

Authorities say the person hit by the bus was an adult man, not a school student.

Tallahassee Police say the man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"We heard a siren early in the morning go by the house because we live nearby. So, we knew something was going on but we didn't know what until we saw it," said Valerie Weeks, a nearby resident.

Weeks and her husband saw the bus parked on the side of Mission Road while they were on their daily morning walk.

"This is a really busy street. There's a lot of people that walk on this street and jog and run and it's just got a lot of traffic going on. So truthfully, I'm surprised about the school bus, but I'm not really surprised there was an incident because it's a heavily traveled street," Weeks said.

The Leon County Schools spokesperson, Chris Petley, says roughly 30 students were on the bus on their way to Griffin Middle School.

"It's kind of shocking," said nearby resident Jahi Cole.

Cole walks across that same intersection every day. He said, "You have to be very careful of your surroundings. You have to be mindful. All you have to do is just wait for the light to tell you it's okay to walk. You never know what's going to be there if you're not looking."

A second bus came to the scene to pick the kids up and take them on to school.

No official word yet on how the bus hit the man.

"The incident is under investigation. We'll work with our partners at TPD to look at the video surveillance cameras on the buses. They're taking witness statements right now and they'll get to the bottom of it," Petley said.

The district spokesperson says the driver of the bus had to be tested for drugs and alcohol as standard procedure. Administrators have not commented on the driver's employment status.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Authorities are investigating a traffic crash involving a Leon County Schools bus and a pedestrian.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, the accident happened around 8:38 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Gearhart Road and Mission Road.

Police say a man was hit by the bus and has been transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Initial reports from officials identified the pedestrian as a juvenile, but Leon County Schools spokesman Chris Petley has since confirmed that the pedestrian was an adult male.

Petley says the school bus was carrying approximately 30 students from Griffin Middle School at the time of the crash. A second bus was brought in to take the students to school.

Petley says the bus driver involved in the incident will be tested for drugs and alcohol, per district policy. No word yet on if the driver will be placed on administrative leave.

The school district is currently investigating.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects data from all school transportation-related crashes. For the latest report, visit crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov.

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