Saturday [July 2, 2016] Florida Highway Patrol says an aged Blue Bird bus carrying farm workers ran a red light and collided with a tractor trailer on a Florida highway, killing at least five people and injuring 25 more.
Taking place at around 5:20 a.m Eastern Time in the Florida panhandle, just south of Tallahassee, it would be the driver of the 18-wheeler semi and four people, including a small child, on the bus who would lose their lives in the fatal accident.
“This is a very horrendous crash, I can tell you,” said Sheriff Charlie Steel of Wakulla County.
Sheriff Steele says that deputies responded to a terrible scene. As they arrived, the front and back and of the bus were on fire, citing that their heroic actions in pulling people off the bus saved lives.
“Our deputies got on the bus and started pulling people off,” says Steel. “If these deputies had not done that, we would have a lot more fatalities.”
Authorities say the bus was headed south when it collided with the tractor trailer, head westbound on Coastal highway, U.S 98. At first, the bus hit behind the driver’s door and spun around and hit the truck a second time, sending both vehicles off road and under a power line.
Because both the truck and bus were under a power line, firefighter were forced to wait until the power company shut off the power lines before spraying any water to stop the flames that had engulfed both vehicles. Eventually, they burned out.
The driver of the bus’s is currently hospitalized in critical condition. So far, no charges have been filed.